Rail scheme for schoolchildren wins top industry award

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The Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership has won a national award for a scheme which aimed to get more schoolchildren travelling on the train.

The group – which consists of local authorities, transport operators and a number of other local organisations – was recognised for its ‘Get on track for great school trips’ scheme.

The initiative saw electronic line guides being sent to approximately 200 schools, along the line of the route, which includes stations at Belper, Ambergate and Whatstandwell to encourage them to take advantage of off peak train travel.

And at the National Community Rail Awards – run by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships – this week the idea won first prize in the Small Projects category.

The awards recognise the best Community Rail projects from round the country, celebrating best practice and publicly rewarding excellence in the community rail field.

The team also picked up a second place award for the marketing of the school trips project, and a third place for best marketing publication for its ‘Where will you go tonight?’ promotional leaflet promoting special summer evening train fares.

Neil Micklethwaite, Customer Service and Commercial Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “It’s great to see the Derwent Valley Line receive this recognition.

“As one of the fastest growing community rail lines in the country, we’re pleased to be playing our part in delivering successful services along this route and would like to pass on our congratulations to all involved.”