People often ask, “what is a community rail partnership?” Simply put, they are a bridge between the railway and local communities, engaging with communities to help people maximise the benefits offered by railways. They also promote social inclusion and sustainable travel. There are currently over 75 community rail partnerships in the UK.
The North Notts and Lincolnshire Community Rail Partnership (NNLCRP) officer team were delighted to meet with members of Friends of Retford Station and LNER staff at Retford Station to discuss ideas and plans for station improvements. It has been agreed that historical mosaics will soon be installed in the station, and a community book swap will be installed in the main concourse. They are also excited that plans for a station garden have been well received and in the new year they will be on an active volunteer drive to encourage people to get involved.
Get in touch!
NNLCRP would love to hear from you. Whether you are interested in station adoption, volunteering, or have any suggestions for stations in the area, please feel free to drop them a line via www.nnlcrp.org.uk.
The post-festive period can be difficult for a lot of people and sadly, people can often present at railway stations in distress. NNLCRP’s community rail officers recently attended training delivered by The Samaritans and learned how the importance of beginning a conversation can, in many cases, save lives. If you are feeling low, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 for free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.