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Cambridgeshire 'Rail Community Group' marks first year of work

MP for South Cambridgeshire Heidi Allen was at the gathering. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A community group set up in South Cambridgeshire to encourage people to use trains more has celebrated its first year of work.

The Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Community Rail Partnership marked their Birthday with a gathering at Shepreth Station.

The group is made up of volunteers who want to encourage more people to use trains to help the environment.

They've spent the last year working with the rail industry and councils to improve accessibility of services and teaching children about rail safety.

People involved in the community rail partnership gathered at Shepreth Station. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We bring them to the signal box in Foxton and we show them how it works and we talk to them about being safe on the railway, around the railway, on level crossings, and also things like how to be a good train citizen, how to behave well when they're on the train and respect the train environment."

– Sarah Grove, Project Officer, Community Rail Partnership
A team of gardening volunteers look after the stations plants and flowers. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We're committed to doing all we can as a Council to be green to our core, and working to make local train travel as easy and convenient as possible is an excellent way of contributing to this. The Community Rail Partnership is a brilliant example of local groups, residents and the train industry working together to improve rail services in South Cambridgeshire. Working together to make local train links even better also helps local businesses too, making them more accessible. This is a real grass-roots project and one that should be an example to the rest of the country."

– Cllr Jose Hales, one of South Cambridgeshire District Council's Members for Meldreth and Shepreth
  • Watch an interview with Cllr Susan can de Ven about the partnership.