The Sussex Community Rail Partnership is today (17th May) helping to launch a nationwide campaign to encourage people to explore ‘Scenic Rail Britain’.
The Sussex Community Rail Partnership will be at Blackfriars Station in London 6.30am-7.00pm today, promoting Scenic Rail Britain and highlighting the attractions of exploring historic Sussex by rail.
A new website, scenicrailbritain.com, blog and social media campaign are being launched by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships and its members at stations around the country. They will offer inspiration and information to help tourists and day-trippers plan visits to epic landscapes, coastal scenes, historic sites and picturesque areas by train, particularly via Britain’s wonderful ‘community rail’ routes.
Kirsten Firth, Community Rail Development Manager at Sussex Community Rail Partnership, said: “Today’s event and the Scenic Rail Britain campaign is a great opportunity for us to promote our wonderful railway lines to thousands of commuters and potential visitors. We know very well that Sussex has so much to offer visitors: from the coast to countryside, seaside resorts to historic towns and picture-perfect villages to lively ports and marinas. We hope that Scenic Rail Britain will help us get the message across to wider audiences, and encourage people to visit by train rather than car. It’s an enjoyable way to travel that gives fantastic views, benefits the local economy, and means less traffic, noise and pollution in our local communities.”
Jools Townsend, chief executive of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, said: “We are excited to launch Scenic Rail Britain today with help from the Sussex Community Rail Partnership. This campaign is all about people explore our beautiful countryside and fascinating heritage through green, scenic and non-stressful travel. Many people don’t realise how easy it is to explore Britain’s stunning landscapes, pretty villages and historic sites by rail – and making use of our wonderful, often little-known, ‘community rail’ lines is a great way to do this. Anyone thinking of making a trip, or wanting to find out more about what’s on their doorstep, can check out scenicrailbritain.com, for practical tips, itineraries and inspiration.”