Community Rail Week 2022 saw the Settle-Carlisle Railway working in collaboration with multiple community rail partnerships to share more about community rail, sustainable travel, and encouraging people to give the train a try.

On the Wednesday of Community Rail Week, we collaborated with Community Rail Cumbria and Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnerships for an event in The Lanes in Carlisle. More than 150 people took away timetables and information about our routes, rail safety booklets and Backtrack information for children as well as some of the promotional give aways, cotton bags, pencils made from old newspaper and wildflower seeds, reinforcing the message of the sustainability of rail travel.

“Some people stopping for a chat had arrived in the city by train, many others had not” Said Anne Ridley, TVCRP’s Marketing & Events Director “it was a great opportunity to encourage these people out of their cars and onto the train.”

We held a similar event with The Bentham Line, Yorkshire Coast Community Rail and North Notts and Lincs CRP in Leeds Station, which was a great way to connect with passengers at the Yorkshire end of our line.

For the Youth Day of Community Rail Week, we collaborated with Karen Bennett from Community Rail Lancashire and The Community Rail Education Network to bring a Yr 6 class from Keighley to meet the Yr 6 class at Settle Primary School. This was a great opportunity to give the train a go, bring two schools together, and to have a morning of STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) activities.

Katie Chesworth, Projects and Social Media Manager of the Settle-Carlisle Railway said “We really want to encourage the younger generation to use the trains, and to think about careers in the rail industry, and this was a great opportunity to work with local children on the line who hadn’t been on the train before”.

For more information about Community Rail Week visit: www.communityrail.org.uk

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