Community Rail Week 2023 ran from Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th May this year, with the theme of ‘connecting communities by rail’. As well as an opportunity to share with our supporters updates on some of the key projects we have been working on, it was also great to share the celebrations with our fellow community rail partnerships up and down the country and see some of the amazing work others have been doing.
If you missed it, here are some of our key updates from the week.
Our year in numbers
To kick off Community Rail Week, we shared some key updates from the previous year. In total we;
Audited 20 Gloucestershire destinations for accessibility
Took 268 young people on trips through Getaway and Movement programmes
We had over 40 downloads of our Community Rail and Destination toolkit
We engaged with over 200 employability and education professionals
There were over 1,800 visits to our new TrainTripper website
And we had 6 great pieces of press coverage
Quotes from young people on our trips
We were also able to share some great feedback that we get some young people who attend our trips.
We also shared our maps which connect people to their local station via walking and cycling trails.
Access to Leisure Destinations
We shared some of the top line, key findings from our Access to Leisure Destination Report which was carried out by Inclusion Gloucestershire who visited 20 destinations in the county.
Getaway programme update
Our Getaway programme is one of our longest standing programmes here at GCRP. We were thrilled to be able to share how far the initiative has come during Community Rail Week and also share some comments from young people who have taken part in the trips.
We're all looking forward to the year ahead and seeing what we and our colleagues across the country can do over the coming months and sharing our updates next year for Community Rail Week 2024!