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|Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:14 pm Post subject: West Midlands Trains: 29 June 2018
|Extract from West Midlands Trains news page [published Friday, June 29, 2018 - 18:25 ].
West Midlands Trains recognises the hard work and dedication of station adopters
The hard work and dedication of station adopters has been recognised by West Midlands Trains, on a day out on the Severn Valley Railway.
On Thursday 28 June, 85 volunteers enjoyed a return journey from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth as a thank you for their efforts in brightening up stations across the rail network.
Station adopters are volunteers who run a range of community projects at stations, from gardening, to art installations and engaging with local schools.
As well as being a day for volunteers to relax and enjoy the scenic journey through the West Midlands countryside, the event was also a great opportunity for adopters meet together, share ideas and discuss their plans for the future.
West Midlands Trains currently works with around 150 volunteers, but would like to double that number in the future. Station adoption has proved to be beneficial to local communities and regular travellers alike, making stations more welcoming and helping to reduce issues such as anti-social behaviour.
The customer experience director for West Midlands Railway said: “We couldn’t have chosen a better day to enjoy some time out on the railway with our dedicated adopters. The railway presents a unique opportunity to engage with local communities, and we’ll be looking at how we can continue to develop this and show our appreciation for our volunteers into the future.”
The customer experience director for London Northwestern Railway said: “There are some really great projects taking place with our adopters and it’s important to appreciate the hard work it takes to make these happen. Our volunteers particularly enjoyed meeting one another, and we’ll be looking at how we can keep these conversations going.”
The operations manager at The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) said: “It was good to meet so many of the volunteers who make Community Rail run so smoothly across the West Midlands Franchise. I want to pass my thanks on to all the team at West Midlands Trains who made today happen. It was well received by all and the future for Community Rail looks good too.”
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