Working with Communities
Community Rail Partnerships work with their communities to connect local people to their railways, improve health and wellbeing through an increased sense of ownership and opportunities to get involved. Building a sense of place and improve social and economic development through sustainable tourism and travel.
We actively encourage those living, working, or attending school, college or university or around local stations to become actively involved with improving their stations and shaping the future of local rail travel.
Current community programmes and events:
CAM AND DURSLEY TRANSPORTATION GROUP
Cam & Dursley
Cam and Dursley Transportation Group started in March 2015 when a few interested residents, some involved in Transition Cam & Dursley, first met to discuss transportation issues.
We have met monthly ever since. We take a broad view on transportation and have been discussing buses, trains, cycling, walking.... and even driving and parking!
CHELTENHAM CAMERA CLUB
Cheltenham Camera Club has transformed the waiting room at Cheltenham Spa Railway Station into a photographic art gallery that showcases the town and the skills of its members.
The exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Cheltenham, Cllr Steve Harvey, on October 15th 2021. GWR customer ambassador Sarah Bennet was crucial in pushing forward the project. Her vision was to brighten the waiting rooms for travellers and local people alike, encouraging them to explore Cheltenham and nearby places through rail travel.
Cheltenham Camera Club was founded in 1865, one of the oldest and largest clubs in the UK, meeting every Thursday.
CONNECTING NEW COMMUNITIES
We’ve been working with local authorities, developers and planning consultants to develop our own GCRP Developer Guide.
This helps local communities express their views on planning proposals, especially the transport approach taken by the developer.
The toolkit provides guidance and a series of templates and tools to encourage early engagement with the developer, and how to respond effectively to planning applications.
It also provides guidance of how you can work with CRP to collect local evidence and information to help inform the transport solutions, whether that’s walking cycling, bus, rail or a different focus
Click here to download a copy.
Creative Sustainability adopted Stroud station in 2019 and has since run a series of activities with the community.
They launched the Station Gallery 24 frames on Stroud and Stonehouse stations and organised 3 station exhibitions which were created with the community to celebrate the community, heritage, local talent and art.
They also held heritage events on the platform and a canal rail trail that welcomed over 700 people who explored Cotswold Canals Connected and the rail experience.
DO YOU HAVE A GROUP YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?
If you are running a community group relating to transport and tourism and would like to pop details here, please get in touch with us - we would love to help!
Across all stations
Edible Stroud was established in 2012 with raised beds in the bay area at Stroud station installed 2 years ago.
The aims of Edible Stroud are:
To provide a wildlife-friendly environment from which humans, animals and plants can benefit.
To increase the amount of fresh, organic, locally grown food available thus reducing food miles, packaging and dependency on carbon, whilst benefiting the environment and building community spirit.
To enable volunteers to plant fruit and nut trees, soft fruit bushes, herbs and flowers for all to harvest and enjoy.
‘What is station adoption?’ You may ask. It’s when a group of thoughtful volunteers, an existing community, group or organisation adopt a train station, getting involved in enhancing the station's use to benefit the local community.
At least 1,000 of these adopters or ‘station friends’ groups have been set up across the UK, covering well over a third of Britain’s train stations. However, just 3 of the 9 stations in the Gloucestershire network have been adopted.
Would you like to join an existing group activity, adopt a station or find out more?