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Connecting Climate, Community & the Visitor Economy - launch of new toolkit!

We are very excited to announce a series of events to launch our Rail to Leisure Toolkit in partnership with The Travel Foundation. The Toolkit, ‘Connecting Climate, Community & the Visitor Economy – Opportunities for Community Rail & Destination Partnerships’, aims to provide a practical guide to support collaborative working between Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs), Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) and Train Operating Companies (TOCs).


The toolkit has a wealth of practical tips and inspiring real-life case studies to promote closer working relationships between CRP’s and DMO’s. Presented via 2 targeted webinars, one for DMO’s and one for CRP’s, plus an interactive innovation session for a specific region to put the toolkit into action, we hope the events generate new ideas and initiatives to support local visitor economy, put rail at the heart of the solution for sustainable travel and support carbon reduction.



Funded by GWR, Cross Country and supported by Community Rail Network, the toolkit brings specific value to CRPs by encouraging collaboration with DMO’s, in particular when looking at issues like carbon reduction and the role that rail travel can play in supporting sustainable transport. The webinars are free to attend, and speakers include community rail partnerships, tourism bodies and rail operators and highlights existing partnerships already focused on the opportunity ‘rail for leisure’ presents.


Event 1: Webinar for DMO’s – Wednesday 25th January 2023 2:00pm – 3:30pm


The first event is a webinar for DMO’s, other destination organisations and those working with them. Register here to sign up for this event https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l_WQSnuURJ6jVslUxoryng


Event 2: Webinar for CRP’s – Thursday 26th January 2023 2.00-3.30 pm


The second webinar is aimed Community Rail Partnerships and interested volunteer and community groups. Register here to sign up for this event https://communityrail-org-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAodeCsrDMiHNDT1R3K_KT-2EV7OWD0I0yc


Event 3: Innovation workshop – invitation only


The third and final event will be an innovation workshop, taking place on Thursday 9th February 2023. This workshop will be a focused session as part of the Toolkit launch specifically for various stakeholders in the Cotswolds region, however, we hope to run more similar session in the future. This session aims to bring together parties to get into more detailed plans about future working.

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