NSCRP promotes the importance of local railways in improving mobility and sustainable travel, community cohesion and wellbeing, and social and economic development.



North Staffs Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP) is a partnership of train operators, local authorities and station volunteers who work together to improve station environments and link rail stations with their communities. Our volunteers help us to better connect with local people to make the railway more relevant to them. Volunteers also act as the eyes and ears on the ground, talking to station users and reporting faults.

NSCRP likes to work with schools and community groups on projects that improve stations and help overcome the barriers to rail travel that some experience, for example through travel training. NSCRP works to promote local visitor attractions and businesses close to stations.

NSCRP is managed by representatives of partner train operators and local authorities and is hosted by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Its principle train operator partner is East Midlands Railway. Other train operator partners are: West Midlands Trains, CrossCountry and Avanti West Coast. Its principle local authority partners are Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council, Derbyshire County Council and Cheshire East.

Did you know there are over 70 community rail partnerships across Britain? To find out more, visit the website of our umbrella organisation, Community Rail Network.


Active volunteers


Annual value of volunteering



Meet the team

North Staffs Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP) is run by Chair, Mike Willmot, and two part-time Community Rail Officers, Claire Sandys and Emma McIntosh. Together they work with station volunteers, manage projects with schools and community groups and liaise with funding partners.

Headshot photo of Michael Willmot, Chairman of NSCRP

Michael Willmot

Headshot photo of Claire Sandys, Community Rail Officer at NSCRP

Claire Sandys

Community Rail Officer
Headshot photo of Emma McIntosh, Community Rail Officer at NSCRP

Emma McIntosh

Community Rail Officer

NSCRP Documents

NSCRP Annual Report 2022-23

Every year we publish ‘On Track’ – the annual progress report of the North Staffs Community Rail Partnership.

Want to get involved with our work?

There are lots of ways that you could get involved with our work – as a business, volunteer or other community member.