Railway Station Adopters|
Welcome! The 'Adopt a Station' initiative is promoted by the Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership (ESSCRP).
Our adopted station is the rail gateway to Burnham-on-Crouch, a riverside town on the edge of the south-east Essex coastline. Commuter trains to London (Liverpool Street) cover the distance in around an hour.
The station facilities are currently managed by 'Abellio Greater Anglia' which as Station Franchisee and local Train Operating Company is responsible for ensuring that the station is in good decorative order and repair, as well as being structurally sound, with a good standard of passenger information. For further details, please refer to the web site of the Office of Rail and Road orr.gov.uk
Working for Abellio, the Hollywell Rail team regularly inspects the station premises to carry out maintenance work, clearing litter and vegetation as required. Network Rail is responsible for access to the station and the railway track; Abellio is responsible for all liaison with Network Rail.
What do we do?
As part of the overall briefing for station adopters we aim to:
We also receive help from five local pre-school groups, each of which has its own dedicated container, provided by Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership. In June the children come to plant a fresh selection of colourful blooms, which hopefully encourages them to take a pride in their local community.
Town Mayor Cllr Mrs Wendy Stamp (pictured left) dropped by to join in the fun. Her lively and informal style was a great hit with the children (whom for reasons of data protection we cannot include in our online picture). The involvement of younger citizens in caring for these floral displays is greatly appreciated, as is the practical support and encouragement given by Essex County Council, Abellio Greater Anglia, and The Limes Farm Shop from whom the plants are sourced each year.
There is a strong possibility that
government legislation may at some point in the future give greater
recognition and responsibility to Community Rail Partnerships. A
number of pilot projects are currently under way and initial impressions
are encouraging. In the meantime we might start to look at ways of improving contact
with local businesses who could benefit from increased rail usage.
We could perhaps explore the possibilities of special events
or other promotions that would bring tourists and shoppers to our
town and its surroundings.