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Mynegi Diddordeb mewn bod yn Gynhaliwr Newydd i Bartneriaeth Rheilffyrdd Cymunedol y Cambrian

07 May 2024

Expressions of interest open for a new host organisation for the Cambrian Community Rail Partnership to manage a hosting agreement with Transport for Wales and Avanti West Coast.

We are an accredited Community Rail Partnership, awarded by the Community Rail Network, Department for Transport and Welsh Government. Mr Neil Scott, Chair invites you to visit our website The Cambrian Line | Railway which highlights the work we do in connecting communities to their railways.

The Cambrian Railway spans 120 miles of unspoilt natural beauty and is one of the most scenic routes in Britain. From Shrewsbury in Shropshire, the Cambrian Main Line takes you over the border into Wales, through rugged mountain terrain, quaint market towns, World Heritage sites and castles, cross country towards the picturesque West Coast of Wales. Here it merges into the Cambrian Coast Line offering spectacular views, coastal walks and places to visit along the length of the Wales coastal path.

Our partnership members include Transport for Wales, Avanti West Coast, Network Rail, British Transport Police, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, Talyllyn Railway, Snowdonia National Park, Ceredigion County Council, Gwynedd Council, Station Adoption representatives, Tourism representatives and third sector partners.

The business activity plan is delivered by all members, led by a Community Rail Officer.

Our plan aims to:

  • providing a voice for the community
  • promoting sustainable, healthy and accessible travel
  • bringing communities together and supporting diversity and inclusion
  • supporting social and economic development

The Community Rail Partnership is very proactive with a positive presence on social media.

We are looking to work with an organisation that excels in:

  • good governance
  • sustainable funding and a successful track record in bidding, securing and managing external funding from a variety of sources
  • developing resilience in voluntary sector organisations
  • managing finances
  • community engagement and influencing

We particularly welcome applications from third sector organisations with interests in place-based community led projects, community development and engagement with a good knowledge of the area covered by the Cambrian CRP.

Expressions of interest are invited via email up to 14th May 2024.

Please email Neil Scott, Chair for further information.

Find out more about Community Rail here What is community rail? - Community Rail Network

Notes to editors

Cambrian Railway Partnership

The Cambrian Railway Partnership has been in existence for over 20 years. The partnership covers a wide area, spanning 120 miles and 34 stations from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth and up the Wales Coast to Pwllheli.

Ceredigion County Council are the current host and financial management authority for the partnership which is funded by Transport for Wales, Avanti West Coast and Shropshire County Council.

Community Rail Network

Community rail is a growing grassroots movement made up of Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) and groups across Britain. Working alongside local, regional and national partners, CRPs engage communities and help people get the most from their railways, promoting social inclusion, community wellbeing, economic development and sustainable travel.  They also work alongside train operators, contributing to improvements and bringing stations back to life.

Community Rail Network provides support and advice to the community rail movement through their membership. They share good practice and connect community rail partnerships and groups together, while working with government, the rail industry, and the wider voluntary and community sector to champion community rail.