Working with key partners in 2017 Southeast Communities Rail Partnership (SCRP) developed a programme of Independent Train Travel Training to break down barriers experienced by young people in travelling independently by rail and to encourage a more active sustainable way of travelling. The Active Access for Growth programme coordinated through East Sussex County Council included partners such as Sustrans and Living Streets came to its conclusion this March after four years of successful train travel training even with a particularly challenging past year. The training sessions included a classroom workshop followed by a visit to the local train station and a train trip to a nearby destination.

During the programme 654miles were travelled with 207 participants with the support of Southern Railway and the fantastic ‘Try a Train’ scheme. Station managers and staff have been incredibly supportive during this time providing assistance on the day and sometimes an opportunity to make onboard announcements! Particular thanks to Station Managers Kate Richards and Andy Gardner, the team at Lewes, Hampden Park and Eastbourne, Su from Moulsecoomb Station and Antony Merlyn GTR Accessibility Manager.

A huge thankyou also to all those who participated for making this such an enjoyable rewarding programme and particularly for support from staff and students at Hazelcourt Secondary and FE College in Eastbourne.

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Covid-19 Adaptations

“ The trouble with this country is there are too many cars everybody should go by train!”

Neil, ‘’ ‘Get Into Trains’  participant

“This training was perfect for our young people, the training was flexible, which particularly supports our SEN students”

Teacher, Hazelcourt FE College

Lessons learned:                       Practice makes perfect!