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First Community Action Day to revamp Radcliffe-on-Trent station

13 November 2017

Volunteers worked together last week to revamp Radcliffe on Trent station on the Poacher line. They were joined by staff from East Midlands Trains, Sustrans East Midlands and Network Rail.

Ratcliffe clean up

Ratcliffe clean up team

On Friday 10 November they cleared overgrown vegetation, painted fences and benches, cleaned walls and built a new herb planter for the local community to use. The materials for the planter were purchased through a £500 grant awarded by ACoRP (Association of Community Rail Partnerships).

A newly-formed station adoption group is hoping to continue the good work and also wants to involve local schools and groups in creating artwork to make the station a clean, safer and more attractive place for people to catch the train.

Kaye Robinson, Connect Lincolnshire - Community Rail Partnership Officer Transport Services Group, said, “It’s really positive to see the local community getting involved and helping to transform the station into a more welcoming place. We hope the station adoption group really takes off and many more of these events take place in future.

Donna Adams, East Midlands Trains said: “Following the additional services that were introduced by East Midlands Trains last year, it’s great to see the station being used even more and being a real part of the community in Radcliffe on Trent.

“Community Action Days bring together the local community, Network Rail, Lincolnshire County Council and East Midlands Trains and give us the opportunity to make a real difference. We’re also very appreciative of the additional funding from ACoRP which will help us to really enhance the station.

Julie Dale of Network Rail added: “Another fantastic day making a difference working with East Midlands Trains and our Community Rail Partners. The support offered by ACoRP is invaluable, giving new Community Rail groups the momentum to get these projects off the ground. A great team effort from all concerned and we look forward to seeing the end results.”

Phil Thomas, station adopter, Radcliffe on Trent said: “We decided to set up a Friends of Radcliffe Station group with the aim of making the station a more pleasant place to visit and use. This follows on from the efforts of the local community to get more trains stopping at the station.

“The Community Rail Partnership has been very helpful in getting our first volunteer ‘action day’ off the ground, with assistance from Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and Streetwise. We hope a core group of ‘Friends’ will be established following this event.”

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