13 december 2019
worcestershire community rail partnership formed
On Friday 8 November, the new Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership (CRP) was officially launched at Worcester Guildhall. The new partnership will encourage communities, businesses and tourist attractions to work with the rail industry and local councils to promote rail services across Worcestershire.
Stourbridge Line User Group is a member of the CRP, which also includes the West Midlands Rail Executive, West Midlands Railway, Worcestershire County Council, CrossCountry Trains, Great Western Railway, Cotswold Line Promotion Group and Bromsgrove Rail User Group. It covers all eighteen stations in Worcestershire including the stations on our line from Hagley to Great Malvern.
SLUG Chairman William Whiting is the Chairman of the new CRP and Peter Chapman (pictured right) has been appointed as the community rail officer and starts in his new role on Monday 16 December.
Previously, Peter worked for West Midlands Railway in the booking office at Smethwick Rolfe Street station. There he was instrumental in placing the award-winning mural on Platform 1 and in turning a disused store room into an associated Exhibition and Community Room.
Peter is looking forward to combining his knowledge of the workings of the local railway system and his passion for community involvement at local stations and on local train services. He said : “There is so much good work being led by the various rail user groups in the county that it will be a pleasure to build upon and develop further the opportunities for enhanced community involvement in the county’s railway system”.
Peter will be working with the three TOCs, the County and District Councils, West Midlands Rail Executive, and the established rail user groups under the guidance of a steering group. ACoRP – the Association of Community Rail Partnerships – will be providing him with invaluable expertise as he starts his new role.
Peter will be formally based in the Community Rail Hub at the WMRE’s offices in Birmingham but expects to spend most of his time out and about in the County, working with local volunteers and community groups around the 20 stations in his ‘patch’. He looks forward to meeting and working with members of SLUG!