• The Stickleback Line

    Posted December 6, 2017 by Simon Clarke

    The Stickleback Line The New Todmorden Curve (Stickleback Line) service started in May 2015 and gave stations in East Lancashire a direct rail service to Manchester Victoria, Salford and beyond. One of the stations, Rose Grove, has seen its trains double from two an hour to four and as part of the...

  • Twinning Event

    Posted September 8, 2016 by sue mitchell

    A goodly time had by all!  A week ago here in Mytholmroyd the first of two events took place - a twinning ceremony between Bentham and Mytholmroyd! It was an event full of good humour and wit, hardly surprising because it was Geoff Mitchell, Chair of MSP and Gerald Townson, Cha...

  • Community Rail Roadshow

    Posted June 21, 2016 by Andy Griffin

    Dear Stakeholder,  As someone with a key interest in stations and the railway in the Lancs and Cumbria area, Network Rail would like to invite you to our Community Rail Event:  On 14th July, the Network Rail Route Stakeholder team are hosting a Community Rail Roadshow Event in the Old Co...

  • Video marketing to passengers

    Posted June 15, 2016 by Mike Parker-Bray

    Over the last few weeks at the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership we've been experimenting with video marketing on social media as a new way to connect with passengers. Here's what we learned... 1. You don't need expensive kit With just a second hand iPhone and some kind-hearted family members as...

  • Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership

    Posted April 26, 2016 by Caroline Rowland

    The Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership is steaming ahead!   The newest CRP on the West of England Line launched on 11th March in Sherborne, west Dorset, covers the stations between Tisbury and Crewkerne, including Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne and Yeovil Junction.  Loca...

  • Designated CR Development Fund

    Posted April 6, 2016 by Dave Carlisle

    Does anyone wish to share their experiences of a successful bid to the DCRD Fund??  I can't even find an application process and have sought the help of our local CRP Project Officer.  As I understand it, applications are open to the Fund from 1 April and I would welcome the opportunity to...

  • Agatha Christie on Train Travel

    Posted December 9, 2015 by Simon Clarke

    Agatha Christie obviously had a soft spot for trains and railways as they are mentioned a good many of her books not least Mystery of the Blue Train and Murder on the Orient Express. Hercule Poirot and his sidekick Captain Hastings use the train to get to cases many times throughout the books (ref: ...

  • My Time with Devon & Cornwall RP

    Posted November 30, 2015 by Hazel Bonner

    My final day with Devon & Cornwall RP - Transforming the Riviera Line.   My trip has been enlightening and extremely enjoyable, thanks to Rebecca, Richard, Mike and Celia. Being on the frontline, so to speak, has been a very valuable experience for me. I knew that Community Rail Officers unde...

  • My Time with Devon & Cornwall RP

    Posted November 25, 2015 by Hazel Bonner

    So today I have been mostly learning and grafting! This morning I spent two hours with Mike Parker-Bray who illuminated the shadows of social media for me and who imparted some excellent advice on how we can become more structured and focused in our approach to ACoRP's information sharing process. &...

  • My Time with Devon & Cornwall RP

    Posted November 25, 2015 by Hazel Bonner

    This morning I will be an IT/social media student with Mike Parker-Bray as my teacher. Mike is an  absolute whizz and if I gain a fraction of his capability I will be doing well!  This afternoon I join some of Plymouth Uni students to do some tidy up gardening on Gunnislake station. &nbs...

  • My Time with Devon & Cornwall RP

    Posted November 24, 2015 by Hazel Bonner

    Arrived at Devon & Cornwall RP offices this norning, spending the next few days with the team - Rebecca, Richard, Michael & Celia where I'll be an honorary team member for the duration of my visit, I'm really looking forward to experiencing how this award winning CRP goes about its day to day busine...

  • Prizes to incentivise commuters to avoid the peak

    Posted November 24, 2015 by Mike Parker-Bray

    Here's a translation of an interesting article about an SNCF project to offer prizes to commuters to incentivise travelling outside the morning peak. Users register on a website, and then their smart travelcard logs when they travel. The more that they avoid the extreme peak time of 08:00 to 08:4...

  • Love where you live

    Posted October 13, 2015 by Martin Yallop

    Bit short notice I'm afraid . .    From   Enter our ‘Love where you live’ short film competition and WIN!     Entries close 21 October 2015

  • Workers Education Association

    Posted October 8, 2015 by Martin Yallop

    I have just been touch with the WEA who have responded positively to our Community Stations Initiative. They provide a range of educational opportunities for those who may have missed out earlier in life and they are often looking for venues or premises to hold classes. They are low impact users of ...

  • Top tips from the Citizens' Rail conference

    Posted October 7, 2015 by Mike Parker-Bray

    We wanted to share some of the great points made in the workshop sessions at our Citizens' Rail conference. We've posted a forum thread for each workshop, so that participants can post their ideas or notes that they jotted down during the sessions. Even if you weren't there on the day, ...

  • Train Into Work

    Posted September 29, 2015 by Faye Lambert

    Meet Milly (24) and Mitchell (20), two fantastic young people who are now in their last week of our Community Rail Partnership four-week work experience pilot scheme at East Midlands Trains, Derby, for young people and long-term unemployed living along the Crewe route. We've called it 'Tra...

  • Women in Community Rail

    Posted September 29, 2015 by sally buttifant

    Women in Rail is a successful networking and support group started in 2012 to improve diversity in the UK rail industry which now has over 1500 members. The group is open to anyone who supports the aims. Inspired by ACoRP’s Women in Community Rail interviews initiated by Hazel Bonner, a few w...

  • sue mitchell

    Posted September 29, 2015 by sue mitchell

    I am really looking forward to Torquay; only trouble is sorting out a tie for Geoff! He's long out of the habit of tie-wearing.

  • Rose Grove Revived

    Posted September 25, 2015 by Simon Clarke

    Rose Grove station has recently benefited from a £150,000 programme of works to improve the customer environment. The completed works were officially unveiled today with a photo opportunity at the station. The scheme has seen the installation of a new shelter, additional seating, CCTV, c...

  • Torquay Gardening Party

    Posted August 10, 2015 by Celia Minoughan

    The sun shone on our Torquay gardening party. First Great Western staff, Robert Owen Communities and Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership join forces to tidy up our lovely rockery. 

  • Visit South Devon train livery launch

    Posted August 9, 2015 by Mike Parker-Bray

    Really pleased to launch our "Visit South Devon" train livery last week. It took a fair bit of work to put together (a big thanks to all involved - especially First Great Western), but will be great to see it out and about on the FGW network over the next two years. You can see more pics on the Ci...