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Local community group to champion Fenland’s Hereward Line at nationwide rail event




The Hereward Community Rail Partnership will be one of more than 40 groups joining forces to showcase some of Britain’s most scenic rail journeys at a nationwide series of events this month.

The team at Ely railway station. (9797523)
The team at Ely railway station. (9797523)

‘Community Rail in the City’ is a flagship annual celebration aimed at promoting sustainable tourism and travel for recreation on Britain’s community rail routes, encouraging thousands of people to explore epic landscapes, coastal scenes, and sites of historic interest.

This year’s event, on Wednesday, May 15th, will see 42 community rail partnerships and tourism partners hosting activities at 20 mainline railway stations, including those in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

The team at Norwich railway station. (9797525)
The team at Norwich railway station. (9797525)

The Hereward Community Rail Partnership will be attending Peterborough Station, where they will be promoting some of the destinations people can visit along the Hereward Line, which runs 29 miles from Peterborough to Ely, with local stations at Manea, March and Whittlesea.

Partnership members including Fenland District Council will also be promoting other CRPs within easy access of Peterborough, as well as the rail tourism website Scenic Rail Britain. Fenland’s famous hero, Anglo-Saxon rebel Hereward the Wake, will also be making an appearance!

Wendy Otter, Hereward CRP officer and Fenland District Council Transport Manager, said: “The Hereward CRP is delighted to take part in this national event for the first time. We are looking forward to meeting passengers at Peterborough Station and raising awareness of the partnership and its objectives. We will also be encouraging people to make the most of the fast transport network on their doorstep and the opportunities available for both commuter and leisure travel.”

Community rail partnerships work at grassroots level to engage local communities, help people to get the most from their railways, and promote rail as a key part of sustainable, healthy travel.

The event is organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), the umbrella body for community rail groups across Britain.

ACoRP chief executive Jools Townsend said: “Our members will be popping up at stations across Britain and engaging thousands of people to inspire and advise on daytrips, weekends and holidays by rail. Tourism by rail is great for families and holiday-makers as it is more sustainable than driving, provides a critical boost to local economies, and allows people to explore our wonderful, often not- well-known, community railway lines, which showcase some real hidden gems.”

For more information visit www.communityrail.org.uk



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