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Hereward Community Rail Partnership

The Hereward CRP is a local voice helping to deliver valuable railway improvements

Volunteering

A Community Rail Partnership (CRP) aims to get the community involved in their local railway and stations. The Hereward CRP launched in 2012 to focus on the railway line between Peterborough and Ely. In North Cambridgeshire, this is ManeaMarch and Whittlesea railway stations. 

The Hereward CRP aims to:

  • Promote local rail services and stations
  • Make small improvements to local stations
  • Help station adopter groups (such as Friends of March Station and Street Pride)
  • Enable local people to have their say about railways in their area
  • Regularly engage with train operating companies to identify improvements that could be made
  • Help achieve priorities in the Fenland Rail Development Strategy and Station Masterplans

Partners

The Hereward CRP is championed by the Fenland Strategic Partnership and Access Group. Its day to day management is through Fenland District Council. A Steering Group oversee the management of the CRP; this consists of local authorities and rail company representatives.

The full partnership includes a wide variety of local organisations:

  • Abellio Greater Anglia
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Cross Country Trains
  • East Midlands Trains
  • Fenland District Council
  • Friends of March Station
  • Manea Parish Council
  • Peterborough, Ely and Norwich Rail users group
  • Street Pride groups
  • Whittlesey Town Council

Get involved

There are many ways you can get involved with the Hereward CRP through volunteering. Volunteering is a rewarding experience and gives you a chance to meet like-minded people whilst learning new things. Your work will make a difference and benefit both the local community and visitors to the area. 

You could volunteer as a station adopter. These are people that act as the eyes and ears for the train operating company, usually at unstaffed stations. Adopters agree a simple programme of works every year. This includes making sure the station is clean and tidy, checking that information is up to date and managing areas that have become overgrown. Anyone can be a station adopter but needs to register with the train operator managing the station first. In Fenland, this is Abellio Greater Anglia.

Station Adoption Groups do a similar role to Station Adopters, but work as a group. The Hereward CRP already has Station Adoption Groups, which include Friends of March Railway Station.

If you'd like more information, please contact us by emailing neighbourhoodstrategy@fenland.gov.uk or calling 01354 654321.