A beautiful sunny day for our official station adoption at Seaford attended by Rodney Reed Chair of the Seaford Martello Rotary and members, the new mayor of Seaford, Nazish Adil, Andy Gardner (station manager) and Catherine Simmons (SCRP Seaford to Brighton Line Officer)
Seaford Martello Rotary hope to create some beautiful planters with a backdrop of children’s artwork depicting Seaford through the ages on the platform to greet visitors to the town.
A fantastic end to our second year at the Active Access for Growth programme celebration event hosted by Eastbourne Town Hall encouraging a switch to sustainable transport in the region with ESCC, Sustrans, Living Streets, South Downs National Park and Pedal Power.
The programme is now in its final year and we have been building on successes in our Independent Train Travel Training workshops and train trips supported by Southern Rail. If you are aware of any groups who would like to travel by train independently but would like some help please do contact education officer email@example.com
Sussex rail partnership gets the credit
The Sussex Rail Community Partnership (‘SCRP’), the local community interest company which promotes greater use of train travel and other public transport, has just been awarded accreditation status by the Department for Transport (DfT).
Accreditation is formal recognition by the DfT that a community rail partnership operates to a high standard and that its objectives and activities are supported by the government.
Tim Barkley is chair of the SCRP, and was delighted at the news. He said :- “Accreditation is our badge of honour, being recognised by the government as working to a high standard, and delivering good results.
“I am very grateful to my colleagues at the SCRP, both the small number of paid staff and the much larger number of volunteers, who work tirelessly to promote sustainable transport. They also put a lot of time and effort into preparing for accreditation, and securing accreditation reflects very well on the whole team. We also have tremendous support from the train operating companies we work with and numerous partners on all of our line groups, they too play a vital role in our work.
“The SCRP has grown considerably since it was formed in 2002 and now covers seven lines, not just within Sussex but stretching into Kent, Surrey and Berkshire. We aim to connect local communities with their railway, and in a world increasingly aware of the environment, this is becoming ever more important.
“From encouraging thousands of children and others to ‘try the train’ through many community-led initiatives to improve local stations, and much, much more, we have achieved a lot in the last 17 years, and accreditation is recognition of the hard work so many people have put in over the years.
“My fellow directors – and we are all volunteers ourselves – and I are very proud of what has been achieved with such strong community support, and look forward to doing even more over the months and years ahead.”
Some of the partnerships’ directors and volunteers on a promotional stand at London Bridge station.
The name Sussex Coast Line has been officially adopted replacing the former Westcoast Way or Coastway West (depending non who you are talking too!) Stakeholders in the line steering group were asked to vote on their favourite new name and Sussex Coast Line suggested by Ben Thomas of B&HCC Transport Department won the vote. We look forward to working with our partners along the line now in its second year.
Watch out for the stunning new wildlife inspired mural going up at Falmer courtsey of The Bee Friendly Trust and Rhys @HarpoArt . Focusing on bee conservation and other local wildife the mural spans both sides of the footbridge to the Amex Football Stadium. A big thanks to Rhys for his amazing design with support from Emma and Luke from the Bee Friendly Trust and Falmer Station staff. The project has been funded through kind donations from GTR and ACoRP.
A big thank you from The Friends of Bishopstone to Burleys and Paradise Park Newhaven who kindly donated these beautiful planters and flowers to help bring new life to the station platform and entrance.
The Friends of Bishopstone Station felt like they had stepped back in time when the side foyer area was reopened to reveal some smart tiled poster boards with old posters. Can anyone date these? The station group is holding a History Day on the 18th August to celebrate the fascinating past of this Grade II listed building complete with WWII gun turrets.
Congratulations to our inspirational Westcoast Way Line chair Victoria Garcia has received an MBE for championing disabled passengers at Brighton and Hove Buses. We hope she can bring the same accessibility to the Westcoast Way!
Conveniently just behind platform 2 of Moulsecoomb Station our partners, Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife, are holding an open day on the 12th July 12-7pm with garden tours, honeybees talks, pond dipping with ecologist Rachael Bicker, bug hunts, pizza making, bushcraft exhibition and refreshments. Come along with the family to support them in this little oasis in the city!
Newhaven Station continues to be supported by Burleys
Burleys were approached four years ago by the Community Rail Partnership as they wanted to improve the station at Newhaven and make it more welcoming. We were delighted to be of help offering our horticulture expertise and resources.
The area adjacent to the station was an eyesore and we brought our digger in, leveling the land and did a huge litter pick. We have continued to litter pick this area three times a week for free for the last four years.
Our team also donate their time to plant and tend all the beautiful planters that you can see on the station, blooming throughout all the seasons, we hope they lift passenger’s spirits.
This year we are excited to announce that we will be creating butterfly banks next to the entrance, these will be planted up with chalk down land plants and will create a gateway to the outstanding Downs as well as being nectar rich for our pollinating bees and butterflies.
Burleys is committed to supporting its local community and is always keen to explore new projects and ideas in the Newhaven area. Please do not hesitate to get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org