Line News & Events

  • 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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    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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  • Silver Gilt award for Alsager station

    10th November 2015

    The first-class volunteer team at Alsager station have scooped yet another award ....

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  • Kidsgrove takes top honours

    12th October 2015

    Just a few weeks after being named East Midlands Trains Best Small Station 2015, Kidsgrove station has received further honours ...

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The Partnership

At the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, we work to promote and develop the Crewe-Stoke-Derby route, known as the North Staffordshire Line.

Formed in 2005, our funding partners are

  • Cheshire East Council
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Staffordshire County Council
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and
  • East Midlands Trains

Our achievements include:

  • Over £1million of investment for the route has been raised through successful Partnership bids to schemes like Access for All, North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone and other external funding bodies
  • Through raising this capital, the Partnership has funded major improvements at intermediate stations on the route (the majority of which are unstaffed), including anti-vandal shelters, CCTV, Customer Information Screens (CIS, with public address, providing train timetable information), and improved station lighting
  • Over 50 station ‘adoption’ volunteers have been actively recruited by the Partnership, with whose support we have greatly improved the station environment for passengers, transforming station gardens and delivering many other projects, such as improved passenger information and station artwork
  • We’ve won the support and involvement of numerous schools and community groups, residents, organisations and businesses including Parish and Town Councils, Civic Societies, TESCO, JCB and the British Transport Police to improve the route through events like our Station Community Days and community art and gardening projects. These initiatives have served to reduce anti-social behaviour at stations, so creating a more welcoming station environment for passengers
  • Our on-going promotion of the route through dedicated marketing, including our annual line visitor guide with local attractions discount vouchers, and an on-going press campaign, have helped to increase passenger growth on the route

Our Chairman, Michael Willmot

Mike has been involved in the volunteering movement for more than 40 years, first with VSO and later becoming a board member of International Voluntary Service. This, together with enthusiasm for public transport, meant that he supported the community rail movement from the outset. He successfully campaigned for, and became chairman of the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership in 2005.


Community Rail Officer, Faye Lambert

Before joining the Community Rail Partnership in 2006, Faye was a teacher and then worked for the NHS in Cheshire, Stoke and Staffordshire in press and communications management. She is also a freelance writer and published author of childcare guides for the NSPCC. In 2007, Faye was awarded a Central Trains Superpartner Award for successful delivery of a £244,000 (North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone-funded) improvement project for Longport and Longton stations, and in 2008 was awarded the CRP Officer Outstanding Achievement Award at the National Community Rail Awards.

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