Sustaining rural rail lines
Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Community Rail Partnership
Our Community Rail Partnership (CRP) aims to develop links with schools and local businesses associated with our local rail services, and to enhance sustainable transport links in the wider area.
Providing a voice for the community
In addition to attending stakeholder meetings with Great Northern and pushing for timetable improvements, the CRP has been recognised as a stakeholder in local infrastructure projects such as the replacement of the Shepreth Level Crossing Barriers, the proposed Foxton Level Crossing Bypass and Travel Hub, and the Central Section of the East West Rail project.
Promoting sustainable, healthy & accessible travel
We have started a programme of rail safety with local primary schools. Travel Ambassadors from year 5 have visited the Foxton Signal Box and taken back to their schools the importance of safe travel on the station platform, on the train, and at level crossings.
We have been working with our industry partners to secure funding for improvements to the paths between Melbourn and Meldreth, and between Melbourn and Royston.
Bringing communities together, supporting diversity and inclusion
The CRP organises the planting and watering of the tubs on the stations in the Spring and Autumn, providing vounteering opportunites for young and old.
British Transport Police have confirmed that this continuing attention has contributed to greatly reduced levels of crime and anti-social behaviour.
Supporting social and economic development
The CRP recognises and promotes the importance of local business in the community. The CRP have invited local businesses to become members of its Steering Group so that we can represent their concerns to Great Northern. In return, they have offered much constructive support from match-funding station accessibility improvement projects, to hosting CRP meetings and get-togethers.