Welcome to our newest community rail partnership member, the South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership.
The partnership, which covers lines from Gretna Green to Stranraer via Kilmarnock and Ayr, came into being on May 31st, 2017 and, in common with other CRPs, is part of a government strategy supported by the rail industry to engage local people in the development and promotion of local and rural routes, services and stations.
The partnership had their official launch at Kilmarnock Station on September 11 and was attended by representatives of community groups, local authorities, other Community Rail Partnerships, Transport Scotland, councillors and MSPs.
Former External Relations Manager with First ScotRail, John Yellowlees, was also honoured at the Partnership’s launch event held in Kilmarnock on Monday, September 11th, when he became Honorary President in recognition of his support for railways in south west Scotland.
Award-winning railway station gardener Louis Wall has been made an honorary lifetime member of the South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership in recognition of his work transforming local stations with imaginative and colourful plant displays.
Mr Wall and Mr Yellowlees were presented with certificates by the Partnership’s CEO Dr Mhairi McKenna.
“I am delighted to accept the invitation to be your Honorary President since I have always had a soft spot for the railways of south west Scotland and I look forward to supporting your work in promoting and developing their usefulness to the local community,” commented Mr Yellowlees.
Dr McKenna added: “We felt that it was entirely appropriate for us to recognise the outstanding contribution by both Mr Yellowlees and Mr Wall to the railways of south west Scotland in this way and are delighted that both accepted the awards.
“We very look forward to working with them as we reach out to the local community on a range of projects designed to improve rail services, facilities and bus connectivity to and from stations, “she said.
Dr McKenna added: “We welcome any local group including community councils to become key partner organisations and we would also welcome interest from anyone who may be interested in becoming a member of the Board to get in touch.”
Find out more about the partnership by visiting their website here.