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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
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
... Railway industry + Other transport providers + Local authorities + Community groups + Schools & colleges + Local businesses + Tourism agencies +British Transport Police
Self-generated + Parish Councils + Town Councils + Charitable Funds + Businesses + Bus operators + FOCs
County Councils + District Councils + TOCs + Universities + National Parks + PTEs
usually one-off project costs
infrequently core costs
usually core costs
COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP
Usually 1 Partnership Officer (full or part-time)
Involving Local Communities
Annual General Meeting
Other transport operators
Other interested parties
Delivering Innovative Ideas
Stimulating Economic & Social Regeneration
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)
Supporting Social Enterprise
Delivering Non-Rail Outputs
Active Community Involvement
Community involvement brings £27m of added value to the rail industry!
Engaging & Enabling Volunteers
Reducing trespass and vandalism
ACoRP’s second study underlined the huge value that volunteers can bring to the railway:
Consistent passenger increases across all the CR lines
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….!
the Big Society!
“New life for local lines”