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East Midlands Trains, in association with its Community Rail Partnerships, will be hosting a number of special community rail days at Derby and Nottingham this month.
The events will help to raise awareness of the excellent work undertaken by the Community Rail Partnerships and the many volunteers who work alongside East Midlands Trains to improve local stations.
It will also be an opportunity to showcase some of the community initiatives East Midlands Trains has been working on, in partnership with communities across its network.
The first community rail day takes place today (6th October) at Derby Station, when North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP) will be promoting the North Staffordshire Line which runs between Derby and Crewe, including stations such as Alsager, Uttoxeter and Blythe Bridge.
Tomorrow (7th October 2014) members of the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership (DVLCRP) will be on hand to talk to passengers. The DVLCRP will also be in Nottingham on Friday 10th October.
Community Rail Days for the Poacher Line (Nottingham to Skegness) will follow shortly.
East Midlands Trains works closely with local communities to ensure the improvements made to stations make a real difference to passengers and the local community. Stations across the three lines have benefited from various improvements, including cycle storage, CCTV, new accessibility ramps, sheltered seating areas, more ticketing and help services as well as numerous flowerbeds, wildflower and herb gardens.
Community Open Days have also been held at a number of stations, with staff joining station adopters and volunteers, to improve stations and their surroundings. The days also provide a great opportunity for volunteers and helpers to meet each other and share new ideas.
Community Rail Partnerships are supported by the government, train operators and local authorities. They are there to represent passengers and can help secure extra funding and improvement works which will make a big difference to local communities. Station adopters also make a big difference by giving up their time to help look after and improve their local station and often organise and carry out improvement works themselves.
Faye Lambert, Project Officer for the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, said: “Community rail is all about bringing new life to local rail lines, improving them for the communities who need them for access to work, leisure and for connections to rail travel across the UK.