Community rail group urges people to 'give the train a try' during Community Rail Week

The Hereward Community Rail Partnership is joining 74 community rail partnerships and 1,200 station volunteer friends groups across Britain for this week's Community Rail Week 2022 to encourage people to 'give the train a try'.

Community Rail Week 2022

The partnership is especially encouraging local families and individuals who rarely or never get on a train or bus, but instead rely on cars, to consider the benefits of making at least the occasional switch to greener, healthier, more social forms of travel.

Community Rail Week, organised by Community Rail Network and sponsored by Rail Delivery Group, runs from 23-29 May and will invite people to take the train by raising awareness about the use of local railways combined with buses, walking and cycling.

The Hereward Community Rail Partnership is managed by Fenland District Council in partnership with train operators including Greater Anglia, Cross Country Trains and East Midlands Railway with support from the Community Rail Network and local organisations. Its aim is to work with communities to improve and promote the local Hereward railway line between Ely and Peterborough and its railway stations at Manea, March and Whittlesea, and encourage the use of trains as an active and environmentally-friendly way to travel.

As part of community events and activities planned nationwide, the partnership will be holding an event at Peterborough Railway Station on Wednesday 25 May, promoting everything that the Hereward Line has to offer and nearby attractions. 

A Hereward Community Rail Partnership spokesman said: "We're delighted to support Community Rail Week and hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to make a change and 'give the train a try'. Not only is travelling by train better for the environment than travelling by car, but it's a great way to discover new places, catch up with friends during a journey or experience some spectacular scenery."

Jools Townsend, chief executive of Community Rail Network, said: "Community Rail Week, and its call to action of 'give the train a try', is all about connecting local communities with their railways and encouraging and enabling more people to travel sustainably by train. Community rail has an inspiring track record of doing just that: promoting travel confidence and increasing access to opportunity, while bringing people together, giving communities a voice, and putting railways and stations at the heart of community life.

"Community rail partnerships and volunteers the length and breadth of Britain are this week mobilising en masse, engaging local people and partners to raise awareness about the importance of rail, and get people enthused about its benefits. We want to help people who feel less confident with train travel to give it a go and get across the positive difference it makes switching even the occasional journey from car to public transport, for our planet, healthy living, and local communities."

Rail Minister Wendy Morton said: "I am honoured to be involved in this year's Community Rail Week as we encourage people to 'give the train a try' and welcome more passengers to our railways. The rail network is an integral part of our communities, connecting us together and providing opportunities that improve our lives in many different ways. I encourage everyone to try and make a trip on a train this week and experience our brilliant railways first-hand."

Jacqueline Starr, Chief Executive Officer of the Rail Delivery Group, said: "This Community Rail Week, we're looking forward to welcoming everyone onto our network and connecting them to the people and places they love. We encourage people to give the train a try not only because it's one of the greenest forms of transport, but also because it boosts local businesses and the wider economy."

Article date: May 2022

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