The Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership (WCRP) has announced that the Department for Transport has given them formal accreditation for their volunteer work.
Less than two years old, the WCRP has completed and continued on many projects to improve railway stations, such as Evesham, where they have transformed the gardens.
This, along with other brilliant work, has led them to becoming a trusted voice and advocate for the local community, recognised by the DfT. The partnership is formed from volunteers, mostly with experience in the rail industry.
Community Rail Officer for Worcestershire Community Rail Peter Chapman said: “I feel really proud of the hard work of all involved in the rail partnership. Being accredited shines a light on all the outstanding work taking place across Worcestershire to improve the railways and empower the community.”
Head of Stakeholder and Community for West Midlands Railway Fay Easton said: “The communities we serve are the lifeblood of our railway network which makes it so pleasing when groups like the WCRP come together with creative ideas to improve the passenger experience.
“We look forward to working together on joint projects to upgrade our stations and help restore confidence in rail as people begin travelling in numbers again later this year.”
Great Western Railway’s (GWR) Community Manager Emma Morris said: “Community rail plays a fundamental role, connecting stations to the communities they serve, and we are delighted the Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership has been accredited by the Department for Transport.
“We at GWR have been working hard to make sure that people can be confident to travel safely, and that includes running as many trains and carriages as we can to make extra room, as well as enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures – and this partnership helps to ensure a welcoming station environment for all.”
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