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Community rail big society neil buxton general manager

Community Rail = Big Society

Neil Buxton

General Manager


Community rail big society neil buxton general manager

Community Rail = Big Society?

What does Community Rail deliver?

Involves local communities in the running and development of local & rural railway routes

Helps to develop new & innovative ideas for supporting and developing local railways

Stimulates economic and social regeneration; supports Social Enterprise; delivers many other non-transport outputs

Develops active community involvement in the management of CRPs; Community Stations Initiative; works with schools and other organisations

Engages and enables local volunteers to care for their local stations


Community rail partnerships

Community Rail Partnerships

  • ‘Grass-roots’ organisations

  • A bridge between the railway & local community

  • Positive development - (“We Are Where We Are!”)

  • Bringing together a wide range of interests along the rail corridor…

    ... Railway industry + Other transport providers + Local authorities + Community groups + Schools & colleges + Local businesses + Tourism agencies +British Transport Police

+ “Rail”

+ “Partnership”

= “Community”


How they are funded for now

How They Are Funded……for now!

Self-generated + Parish Councils + Town Councils + Charitable Funds + Businesses + Bus operators + FOCs

County Councils + District Councils + TOCs + Universities + National Parks + PTEs

OTHER FUNDERS

usually one-off project costs

infrequently core costs

MAIN FUNDERS

usually core costs

COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP

Usually 1 Partnership Officer (full or part-time)


Community rail

Community Rail

Involving Local Communities


Crp membership

CRP Membership

Stakeholder

Meetings

Annual General Meeting

Executive Committee

or

Steering Group

Stakeholders

Principal Funders

Local Authorities

Train Operator

Other transport operators

Individuals

Parish

Councils

Volunteers

Other interested parties


Community rail1

Community Rail

Delivering Innovative Ideas


Some of community rail s successes

Some of Community Rail’s Successes


Reducing costs

Harrington ‘hump’

Reducing Costs

  • Predominantly Network Rail’s responsibility, although work with CRPs can highlight areas of particular benefit to both parties

  • The recent success with Workington North is a good example of community co-operation


Community rail2

Community Rail

Stimulating Economic & Social Regeneration


Access to work education

Access To Work & Education

  • Community rail lines often provide the low cost local transport for people who would otherwise struggle to get to work, education or other facilities.

    • Tamar Valley Line: 44% travelling to work + a further 12% travelling to school or college

    • Bittern Line: 12% of Sunday passengers travelling for or to work


Supporting the economy

Supporting the Economy

In some parts of the country the tourist economy is vital but local rail also gets many people to work (e.g: Sellafield, St Albans or Tamar Valley)

  • Community Rail can also provide real congestion relief in some areas (e.g: St Ives)


Community rail3

Community Rail

Supporting Social Enterprise


Skipton station caf

Skipton Station Café


Community rail4

Community Rail

Delivering Non-Rail Outputs


Community rail is about

Community Rail is about…

  • Active engagement between the community and the railway for mutual benefit

  • Getting value for the whole community from local and rural railways, not only in terms of transport but in other areas too.


Community rail community value

Community Rail & Community Value


Community rail co 2 reduction

Community Rail & CO2 Reduction

  • When a train is lightly loaded it is not good in terms of CO2 – so Community Rail is about filling empty seats and encouraging modal shift.

  • Community Rail often provides feeders to other, more CO2-efficient trains e.g. the South West Branch Lines or the Sheringham – Norwich service – if the feeder isn’t there, the temptation would be to drive all the way


Community rail5

Community Rail

Active Community Involvement


The community rail community

The Community Rail Community

Community involvement brings £27m of added value to the rail industry!


Community rail stations

Community Rail & Stations

  • Station adopters look after their local station…

    • Making it welcoming to passengers

    • Making it a gateway from the railway into the community and vice versa

    • Drawing the railway and the community more closely together

    • Largely TOC-based but Network Rail also run their Community Volunteers Scheme


Acorp s station adoption toolkit

ACoRP’s Station Adoption Toolkit


Community rail6

Community Rail

Community Stations


The community stations initiative

The Community Stations Initiative

  • Makes better use of station property that is not needed and has little commercial value

  • Involves the community and the rail industry

  • Regenerates the property using money that the industry can’t always access

  • Makes the station a more welcoming place for passengers


Community rail7

Community Rail

Engaging & Enabling Volunteers


Volunteering

Volunteering

  • Community Rail Partnerships are especially good at engaging with communities and accessing non railway money

  • Volunteers take pride in their station, benefitting the railway and community alike


Social action

Social Action

Reducing trespass and vandalism

  • Northwich

  • Joint project with railway, education and regeneration agencies

  • Training facility and cyber-cafe

  • Vandalism reduced by 75%

  • Now perceived as safer place

  • 2008/09 footfall up by 9% on 2007/08


The value of community rail partnerships

The Value of Community Rail Partnerships ….

  • This ACoRP report highlighted the immense value CRPs can bring to the wider community

  • CRPs are actually pretty cheap, so to achieve a good benefit-to-cost ratio (BCR) they only need modest returns.

  • In proportion to their cost however, they achieve much better than modest returns.

  • A well-organised CRP can return a BCR of 4.6:1!


The value of community rail volunteering

The Value of Community Rail Volunteering…

ACoRP’s second study underlined the huge value that volunteers can bring to the railway:

  • Over 4,000 volunteers

  • A contribution worth £27m to the rail industry

  • A benefit to communities and rail passengers alike

  • Also delivers many Government outputs in terms of social cohesion and community well-being


Community rail the railway

Community Rail & the Railway

Consistent passenger increases across all the CR lines


Community rail big society neil buxton general manager

Community Rail= Big Society?

CR: Involving local communities in the running and development of local & rural railway routes

BS: Empowering communities

CR: Helping to develop new & innovative ideas for supporting and developing local railways

BS: Encouraging the development of new and innovative ways of delivering public services

CR: Stimulating economic and social regeneration; supporting Social Enterprise; delivering other non-transport outputs

BS: Enabling other organisations to deliver public services

CR: Developing active community involvement in the management of CRPs; Community Stations Initiative; working with schools and other organisations

BS: Promoting social action

CR: Engaging and enabling local volunteers to care for their local stations

BS: Encouraging people to be more involved in their communities and to volunteer

Oh yes…..CR also helps the rail industry increase revenue and reduce costs….!


Community rail is the big society

Community Rail

IS

the Big Society!

“New life for local lines”


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