ACoRP on behalf of the National Community Rail Development Implementation Steering Group has today published a new report on the Value of Community Rail.
The key findings are:
- 2.8% additional growth per annum on community rail routes
- CRPs more than pay for themselves, adding economic, social and environmental value.
- 3,200 community rail volunteers give 250,000 hours per year in support, giving an annual financial value of £3.4m.
- Station adoption is an outstanding low-cost/high-benefit measure. This can be particularly so where security or other problems can be addressed without high capital expenditure
Richard Watts, Community Rail Lancashire Partnership Secretary says: “CRL was proud to support and contribute to this Report which vindicates the hard work carried out by CRPs and volunteers. The report confirms the value that CR brings to the local economy, local communities and the rail industry and recognises the huge contribution made by station partnerships and their army of volunteers. They have truly transformed many run down and unloved stations “.
ACoRP have issued a press release and this can be viewed by clicking HERE.