Once again, the popular Community Rail in the City event took place in a number of mainline railway stations across the UK, on May 17. The event is a showcase for ACoRP and its community rail partnerships to highlight their activities and promote visitor attractions along their lines.
Community rail partnerships taking part in this year’s event included:
Birmingham New Street – Borderlands, Cambrian Coast, Chester-Shrewsbury, Heart of Wales, Abbey Line and Marston Vale CRPs
Lancaster – Bentham Line CRP
Leeds – Penistone Line CRP
London King’s Cross – Poacher Line CRP
London St. Pancras – Kent CRP
London Liverpool Street – Essex & South Suffolk, East Suffolk and Norfolk CRPs
London Paddington – Devon & Cornwall RP
London Waterloo – TransWilts, Isle of Wight and Three Rivers CRPs
London Blackfriars – Sussex CRP
Manchester Piccadilly – Community Rail Humber
The event also coincided with the launch of ‘Scenic Rail Britain’, a campaign to encourage both domestic and foreign tourists to use the railway to discover some of the hidden gems of the British tourist trail whilst enjoying the epic landscapes and ease of travel that rail has to offer. To find out more about Scenic Rail Britain, click here.
The ACoRP team descended on London’s Kings Cross, resplendent in their “I love” rail destination t-shirts… Cornwall, Edale, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Exeter and Penistone being the favoured destinations, all accessible via designated community rail lines. An early 6am start caught the busy morning rush hour, with the ACoRP team chatting to commuters about the Scenic Rail Britain campaign and handing out postcards featuring some of the stunning landscapes featured on the Scenic Rail Britain website.
In addition, the team was joined at Kings Cross by Lincolnshire’s Poacher Line. As always, they brought an attractive display and created plenty of attention with their Visit Lincoln knights, which created some great photo opportunities for travellers passing through the station, and handing out samples of traditional Lincolnshire Plum Bread.
Around the stations, our community rail partnerships hosted a number activities to get the passing public involved and engaged with all aspects of community rail.
At London’s Waterloo, commuters were greeted with not only song and dance but also a special guest appearance from the Isle of Wight CRP’s children’s travel advocate, Cheeko the Squirrel. Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership treated rail users at London Paddington with glimpse into the land of Poldark, allowing visitors to have their photo’s taken wearing period costumes of the time.
Kent CRP engaged commuters with a tasty and refreshing form of peddle power… the smoothie bike, giving passers-by an opportunity to peddle away on a static bike, that energy being transferred to power a smoothie maker, giving users a healthy treat to refresh them from their exertions.
At Birmingham New Street, the station concourse was temporarily transformed into a Strictly Come Dancing as youngsters took part in a flash mob dance routine that wowed visitors.
Once again, we would like all the CRP’s who took part and also Network Rail for kindly letting us use their station concourses on the day.