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New Community Rail Partnership To Cover Guildford Area Stations

Published on: 23 Jul, 2017
Updated on: 24 Jul, 2017

A new community rail partnership (CRP) is being set up to cover the railway stations between Guildford and Reigate and the rail service between Reading and Gatwick.

A GWR train at Shalford station.

The North Downs CRP is being set up by Sussex Community Rail Partnership and Great Western Railway, and held its first stakeholder meeting at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking on July 17.

The meeting was well attended and it is reported that many conversations were started about how to work together to address issues, both local and strategic.

The Sussex CPR is a voluntary not for profit partnership which aims to encourage people to travel by train and to engage people in their local railway. It works with communities situated around the rural rail lines on a wide and ever growing series of projects:

It does this by:

  • Working with transport operators and local communities.
  • Supporting and encouraging community projects.
  • Facilitating projects which give the community a sense of ownership and pride in their
  • stations.
  • Encouraging rural tourism and therefore helping to support local economies.
  • Working with schools and local councils to educate children about rail travel and
  • safety.
  • Working with community groups to help remove barriers to travel.
  • Encouraging car-free and sustainable travel.
  • Holding a variety of different events.
  • Producing award-winning guides to the train lines and local attractions.
  • Celebrations.

The short-term focus is on recruiting a part-time (21 hours per week) line officer and building a steering group to bring key partners together, to identify short and longer term objectives and key projects, and develop an action plan.

Applications for the part time post close this Wednesday, July 26. An application pack is available from ‘‘.

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Responses to New Community Rail Partnership To Cover Guildford Area Stations

  1. Lisa Wright Reply

    July 23, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    The Guildford to Gatwick line would be brilliant if it ran a few services during the night. If you’re on a holiday flight that lands after 10pm, you’ve no chance of getting a train home for hours!

  2. David Smith Reply

    July 23, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    The service to Gatwick from Guildford is unreliable but when it works, it’s great.

    I really wish this would improve as I am sure it would take more people off the roads bearing in mind the train terminates right in the South Terminal.

  3. Jim Allen Reply

    July 23, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    I wonder will they be promoting buses meeting trains or will that be a step too far?

  4. Jenny Hampton Reply

    July 24, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Luggage trolleys at Guildford (and other) stations would also be a great help when arriving back from Gatwick.

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