Mark Miller from Three Rivers CRP, gives us his thoughts on Community Rail in the City…
“Six community rail partnerships in the south of England joined forces to promote their rail lines to commuters and visitors at London Waterloo Station.
Running from 0700 – 1900, a mixture of volunteers and rail officers from the East Hampshire, Three Rivers, Isle of Wight, Lymington-Brockenhurst, Transwilts and Swanage Community Rail Partnerships handed out several thousand information leaflets on the station’s concourse. These included all manner of integrated transport guides from stations including walks, tourist information, cycle routes, train services, area guides and bus routes, to name but a few.
This year’s event was enhanced by the theme of Jane Austen’s 200th anniversary and its connections to Basingstoke, Alton and Winchester, all of which can be easily reached by train. A replica Jane Austen dress was on show, courtesy of the Hampshire Cultural Trust as well as a beautifully decorated book bench which will form part of a 27-bench trail shortly to be installed throughout Hampshire.
In addition, dancers, musicians and singers from the Isle of Wight provided fantastic backdrops to the event to the delight of all.
This event grows each year and is held to encourage visitors to our areas by train. We have a great deal to offer to the public and judging by the demand for information many people will be making their way to the south coast in the near future.
Well done to everyone involved in making this year’s event such a success. Here’s to 2018!”