Improving local lines

JAMES ABBOTT reports on the work of the Sussex Community Rail Partnership

One thing the Covid crisis has underlined is the value of community spirit. Hopefully that will stand the community rail movement in good stead as it seeks to chart a way forward in the post-Covid world. The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) has rebranded itself as Community Rail Network (p92, March issue) and the new name should help to underline the approach.

As with other members of the Community Rail Network, the Sussex Community Rail Partnership (SCRP) has been building on the foundations of local support for the railway for some years. In contrast to CRPs in some other parts of the country, where building traffic on traditional country branches and saving them from closure has been the order of the day, SCRP covers a variety of routes, from busy London commuter lines to orbital routes linking coastal communities with high levels of social deprivation.

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