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Community day takes place on Friday 5 May at Cromford
Four further days of action planned over the summer delivering improvements to Duffield, Matlock, Matlock Bath, and Whatstandwell
Involvement from East Midlands Trains staff, station volunteers, Network Rail and Derbyshire County Council
Staff from East Midlands Trains will be getting their hands dirty at Cromford station today (5 May) as part of a programme of community events taking place over the summer to brighten up and improve stations across the Derwent Valley Line (Derby to Matlock).
The rail operator has announced that community days will take place at Matlock Bath (16 June), Duffield (14 July), Whatstandwell (11 August) and Matlock (15 September) and will involve gardening and general maintenance, such as painting fences. Staff from all East Midlands Trains departments, including the team of Directors, will be getting involved in the community days.
At Cromford, East Midlands Trains will be working with the station’s adoption group as well as other representatives from Cromford Parish Council, Derbyshire County Council, the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership and Network Rail.
The 20-strong volunteer team at Cromford will be carrying out general garden and station maintenance, fence cleaning and staining in preparation for installing children's artwork from Cromford Primary School. This has also been in conjunction with Cromford Parish Council.
Andrew Conroy, Customer Experience Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “Community rail days provide us with the opportunity to make a positive, lasting difference at our rural stations.
“They bring together our own employees from a variety of different roles, along with station adopters and a range of partners and it’s a great chance to demonstrate the key role that a station plays in its local community.
“Over the summer, the Derwent Valley Line welcomes lots of extra visitors from right across the region to its many popular visitor attractions so it’s particularly important that the stations look as welcoming and attractive as possible for our customers.
“This year, Derby will also play host to the national annual Community Rail Awards, arranged by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, which will be a great opportunity for us to showcase the Derwent Valley Community Rail Line and the great stations along this route.”