Formed in 2019, this Community Rail Partnership has brought together local government, businesses, community interest groups and volunteer organisations, along with the Thameslink (and, soon, East Midlands Railway) train operating companies and Network Rail, the infrastructure owner, in the pursuit of a common cause – namely, to bring the railway and the communities it serves closer together.
A Community Rail Partnership enables a combined local approach that can deliver key goals both for local communities and for the rail industry. This is described in the ‘Four Pillars’ as set out in the Government’s recent Community Rail Strategy (external link). With Beds & Herts CRP this is relevant for the following reasons:
In overall terms the CRP aims to enable all of the respective key players and stakeholders to come together and determine a much greater holistic approach to managing expectations, ensuring effective communications, dealing with issues, considering solutions, developing improvements and ensuring effective outcomes that are supported by the local communities.