Line News & Events

  • SAVE THE DATE – Longton Community Day

    12th September 2017

    Calling all volunteers... We will be holding a Community Day at Longton Railway Station ....

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  • Community partnerships make Uttoxeter bloom

    16th June 2016

    Uttoxeter Rail Station volunteers have launched two special initiatives which will brighten up the town at a special event on Thursday 16 June ...

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  • Celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday

    10th June 2016

    On Friday 10 June, we held a Summer Garden Party at Kidsgrove station ...

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  • 'A Spotter Tea' makes passengers day

    A community enterprise at Kidsgrove station is celebrating its first anniversary and winning praise from rail passengers ...

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  • IT’S OFFICIAL: ALSAGER IS CHESHIRE’S BEST STATION

    12th January 2016

    For the 5th year running, Alsager station has been recognised at the annual Cheshire Best Kept Stations awards and this year it has taken the top accolade - Overall Winner ....

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  • North Staffordshire CRP projects recognised at Community Rail Awards

    5th October 2015

    A trio of North Staffordshire CRP projects have won a national Community Rail Award ....

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North Staffordshire CRP projects recognised at Community Rail Awards

5th October 2015

A trio of North Staffordshire CRP projects have won a national Community Rail Award. 

The awards, made by ACoRP, recognise the impact made by the CRP this year in involving young people, marketing the Crewe-Derby route and engaging the support of the community to improve the passenger experience. 

Involving Young People: 2nd Place – Project with REACH Pupil Referral Unit to promote the North Staffordshire Line

Young people attending REACH Pupil Referral Unit, Stoke, are excluded or are at danger of exclusion from their home schools. Our aim was to involve this demanding group and inspire their creativity to promote the North Staffordshire Line for travel to work, leisure and all around the UK. Their commitment achieved eye-catching designs for DR-size posters for display in public centres and stations. As well as learning from the artistic challenge, the students made the launch a success through an interview with the local education correspondent. The project has also helped REACH students make the shortlist in the TES awards. 

Best Marketing Campaign: 2nd Place – ‘Make Tracks for Alsager’ campaign to promote Alsager station services

Under 12,000 residents, yet Alsager provides a great transport resource; direct, regular services to London, Crewe, Derby and Stoke, affording rail connections UK-wide from a fully accessible and welcoming, community-supported station with good facilities. Through ‘Make Tracks for Alsager’, a dedicated campaign, developed by North Staffordshire CRP with station volunteers and TOC partners, and sponsored by Cheshire East Council, we used a variety of media – information leaflet solus to all households, poster, web campaign and press release - to promote these benefits to the local population. The project delivered increased origin footfall of 728 in April over March, up 15%. 

Passengers Matter: 2nd Place – CRP project ‘A Spotter Tea’ community café at Kidsgrove station

Rapidly growing footfall at Kidsgrove station (up 564% in a decade) equals lots of passengers requiring a cuppa and snack for their rail journey. On board catering? Not available on any service, not even direct to London. Solution?  ‘A Spotter Tea’ community cafe, set up at bargain cost in the Booking Hall and run by Kidsgrove resident Kath Keeling, epitome of customer-service, who has become the passengers’ friend. Thanks to our enterprise, huge support from East Midlands Trains and funding from ACoRP for running costs, ‘A Spotter Tea’ is a quintessential improvement to Kidsgrove’s passenger experience.

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