News from East Midlands Trains

24.02.2017

Parish Council Adopt Cromford Station

Cromford Parish Council is taking their local station into the heart of the
community by adopting the station.  The Parish Council working with local
volunteers is helping to provide a sustainable future for the station by
taking local ownership through adopting the station.

Over last two years, several members of the Parish Council have teamed up
with a number of local residents as station adopters, to start improving
the environment and make the station more welcoming to passengers.  Great
progress has been made by the volunteers clearing overgrown vegetation
which has allowed more light into the station, making users feel more
confident using the station.   Several of the volunteers have retained an
interest over many years in improving the station since their original
involvement, as part of the Cromford Station Committee, that managed the
extensive refurbishment of the station building.

As part of the Parish making a greater commitment to the station they have
agreed to contribute £250 a year towards plants and equipment for the
station.  The Parish Council has also received £500 from Derbyshire County
Councillor, Irene Ratcliffe’s Community Leadership Fund towards purchasing
tools and equipment for the station adopters.  These new funds will be of
great support to the work of the station adopters who have made great
strides in improving the station environment, which has been greatly
appreciated by passengers using the station.

Councillor Irene Ratcliffe, Chair of the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail
Partnership said:  “I am so pleased that Cromford Parish Council has agreed
to adopt their local station.  The improvements carried out by the
volunteers at Cromford Station have been amazing, and this new commitment
from the Parish Council will ensure that there is continuity and a
sustainable future for continuing this work”.

The Station Adopters currently work two mornings a month throughout the
year to manage the station environment.   Their work has included planting
of mainly native plants and bulbs to recolonise the station banking areas,
whilst managing invasive vegetation. The adopters also maintain summer and
winter bedding plant displays on the station platform.  Over the winter,
over 1000 plants and bulbs have been planted along the Station embankment
providing an impressive display that will also be of benefit to local
wildlife.  The number of adopters is steadily increasing but more
volunteers would be very welcome. Anyone interested should contact the
Parish Council.

The work of the station adopters has been supported by the Derwent Valley
Line Community Rail Partnership, who have also been co-ordinating other
improvements to the station.  Over the winter significant tree felling and
pruning work has been carried out, to reduce the amount of Sycamore
regrowth which was having a negative impacting on the management of the
historic station building.  Additionally, a couple of conifer trees have
been removed for safety reasons and tree pruning carried out around lamp
columns on the approach road.

The Community Rail Partnership has also acquired funding to replace the
broken fencing to complement the recently rebuilt dry stone wall at the
station entrance.  The tree felling work, new fencing and extensive
re-planting have been fully funded by grants totalling over £14,000 from
the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACORP), with match funding
provided by work carried out by DerwentWISE, East Midlands Trains, Network
Rail and station volunteer time.
Paul Mobbs, Customer Experience Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: "We
are delighted that Cromford Parish Council is adopting the station. The
work that has been done over the last few years by the Parish Council and
the volunteers has been excellent and customers have really benefited from
all their hard work.  We would like the take the opportunity to thank
everybody who continues to support the station and we look forward to
working with the Parish Council and the volunteers on further
improvements".