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Kaye Robinson started her new life as Lincolnshire County Council’s Community Rail Partnership Officer (CRPO) in early April. Her job is to work with East Midlands Trains and bring together rail partners and community groups from across the county to help build closer relations and improve the rail environment for all.
Before becoming the County’s CRPO, Kaye worked for the Lincolnshire Co-op as a Membership Coordinator so she is well used to organising and bringing people together.
Kaye now gets stuck in to help promote the Nottingham to Skegness line by organising events with partners including Sustrans (the cycling organisation), local schools and community station adopters.
Kaye says her highlight so far has been meeting with canine friends and station adopters at Skegness station. She said: “Carolyn is a very popular local station adopter who gives up a lot of her spare time to look after Skegness station voluntarily. She has green fingers and takes great care of the flowers and plants around the station that so many visitors have complimented us on.
“We recently met up to plan how we can make further improvements and adjustments to the station. Her two beautiful pet dogs Rupert and Charlie are well-known by all who use the station and now I know why after having met them both!”
“I also work with the stakeholder and stations teams at East Midlands Trains to ensure we are all on the same page on how to promote and maintain the Poacher Line. We’re now looking at extending the station adoption scheme so that every area has a dedicated community group.”
Donna Adams, Stakeholder and Community Rail Manager at East Midlands Trains, said: “We are delighted to welcome Kaye on to the Poacher Line and have already seen her at work engaging with the communities we serve up and down the line.
“I’m sure Kaye will have a real impact as Community Rail Partnership Officer and work alongside our ever-growing local teams of station adopters across the route. We’re looking forward to a long and productive partnership.”
Paul Sanders, Matrix Transport Manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "We want to make rail a more attractive option, encouraging as many people as possible to leave the car at home and take the train. Kaye will not only drive forward improvements along the Poacher Line, but will help put these stations at the heart of their community."
Anybody interested in finding out more about East Midlands Trains’ Station Adopter scheme should visit eastmidlandstrains.co.uk and then search “Station Adopter”.
Left to right: Alastair Morley (Community Rail Partnership Officer on the Derwent Valley Line), Kaye Robinson (Community Rail Partnership Officer on the "Poacher" Line), Paul Sanders (Transport Matrix Manager, Lincolnshire County Council) and Marika Latham (Community Rail Partnership Officer on the North Staffordshire Line)