The report, commissioned by ACoRP in response to the Department for Transport's new Community Rail Strategy, shows the economic, social and environmental qualities of community rail with extensive evidence collated by Rob from rail volunteer groups and community rail partnerships across the UK. Headlines include over 8,500 community rail volunteers giving 390,000 hours annually to their stations and local lines with an economic value of £5.6M. Between 2017 and 2018 passenger numbers on lines with community rail partnerships increased by 42% compared to a 35% rise on those without partnerships. This excellent report should prove invaluable to all those involved in community rail! An online copy can be downloaded here by using this link. Hard copies will be available from ACoRP's Huddersfield HQ after Easter - contact Rob Lowson.
Our thanks to Mike and his Staff at TWIG Station cafe for their attentive hospitality and to Nik and Rob for providing refreshments for FOGS. A big thank you also to our guests Jools, Nik and Rob - a most enjoyable occasion! We wish the report every success.