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First Class logo launched for Fenland community rail partnership




It is full steam ahead for the future of community rail in Fenland after a partnership was officially relaunched with a new logo and brand identity.

Representatives from Hereward CRP partners Fenland District Council, and train operators CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains and Greater Anglia join with other steering group members, volunteers and local organisations to unveil the new Hereward CRP logo. (7218842)
Representatives from Hereward CRP partners Fenland District Council, and train operators CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains and Greater Anglia join with other steering group members, volunteers and local organisations to unveil the new Hereward CRP logo. (7218842)

The Hereward Community Rail Partnership (CRP), whose aim it is to bring communities together to improve and promote the local Hereward railway line, began a new chapter following a special relaunch event.

CRP partners Fenland District Council, and train operators CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains and Greater Anglia joined with other steering group members, volunteers and local organisations to unveil the new Hereward CRP logo and suite of new promotional materials.

Pictured at the relaunch event are, from left, Cllr David Oliver, FDC’s Portfolio Holder for Transport, Cllr Kit Owen, Paul Nelson, Hereward CRP Chairman and Passenger Transport Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council, and Alan Neville, Customer Engagement Manager at Greater Anglia. (7218848)
Pictured at the relaunch event are, from left, Cllr David Oliver, FDC’s Portfolio Holder for Transport, Cllr Kit Owen, Paul Nelson, Hereward CRP Chairman and Passenger Transport Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council, and Alan Neville, Customer Engagement Manager at Greater Anglia. (7218848)

Partners then travelled along the Hereward Line to Leicester, Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich to share CRP information and their ideas for future development with passengers.

The logo and rebranding project comes almost seven years after the launch of the Hereward CRP and has been funded by CrossCountry’s Community Engagement Fund.

March-based graphic design firm, Fine Designs Ltd, was commissioned to create three logo designs and members of the public voted for their favourite via an online poll late last year.

Councillor David Oliver, Fenland’s portfolio holder for transport, said: “These are really exciting times with ongoing investment in our Hereward Line stations at March, Manea and Whittlesey, so it’s great to have a new logo and brand identity for the Hereward Community Rail Partnership.

The new logo. (7218844)
The new logo. (7218844)

“The new logo and marketing materials will help us become more identifiable with our customers and support the work we are doing to promote rail travel in the Fens.”

Richard Gibson, CrossCountry’s Head of Communications, said: “We were delighted to help with the relaunch of the Hereward partnership. A strong identity is important for any organisation wanting to be remembered by its customers, and this new logo will make it easier for everyone to recognise the benefits being delivered for rail users across Fenland.”

Ruaridh Shand, Service Delivery Manager at East Midlands Trains, said: “The Hereward CRP relaunch was a great day and an event enjoyed by all who attended. It was fantastic to see how the hard work those involved had put in had culminated in a new logo that really represented the objectives of the partnership; to inspire the local community to take full advantage of the fast transport network on their doorstep and for those outside the area to realise the accessibility of Fenland as a natural beauty spot.”

Cllr Kit Owen and Belinda Pedler, Senior Transport Officer at Fenland District Council, travel on the Hereward Line to Cambridge to share CRP information and its ideas for future development with passengers. (7218850)
Cllr Kit Owen and Belinda Pedler, Senior Transport Officer at Fenland District Council, travel on the Hereward Line to Cambridge to share CRP information and its ideas for future development with passengers. (7218850)

Ibbie Omideyi, Community Engagement Manager at London North Eastern Railway (LNER), added: “It is great to see how many partners the Hereward CRP is working with and LNER is excited to be one of them.”

A new Hereward CRP website is also in the pipeline. In the meantime, you can find out more about the CRP at www.fenland.gov.uk/herewardcrp. Alternatively, contact 01354 654321 or email neighbourhoodstrategy@fenland.gov.uk for more information. You can also keep up-to-date with Hereward Line news by following the #HerewardLine hashtag on Twitter.



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