Community rail is a growing grassroots movement made up of community rail partnerships and groups across Britain.
Community Rail started in the late 1990’s to develop new ways to encourage more people to use their local rail lines. The movement has grown significantly, overseen by Community Rail Network (CRN) who support over 70 Community Rail Partnerships and over 1,000 station adoption groups.
The Department for Transport has supported Community Rail for nearly 20 years, working with CRN to administer the Community Rail Development Fund and more recently establishing Community Rail accreditation. The Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership has been accredited since the scheme began in 2019.
Other local community rail partnerships include the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership (HP&HVCRP), which promotes the Buxton Line, Glossop Line and Hope Valley Line. The HP&HVCRP is also administered by Derbyshire County Council.
Many of EMR’s community rail services across the East Midlands also serve Derby or Nottingham including the North Staffordshire Line from Crewe to Derby and Nottingham, Poacher Line from Skegness to Nottingham and the Robin Hood Line from Worksop to Nottingham