The Southeast Communities Rail Partnership CIC (SCRP) has gained accreditation from the Department for Transport, for a third consecutive year. Accreditation is the gold standard that confirms it operates to high standards  and is  suitable for receiving public funding. Accreditation requires the not-for-profit partnership to demonstrate good organisation, visible achievements from the last 12 months, transparency, and a clear, financed plan for the forthcoming year.

The SCRP is the local organisation which provides the link between local communities and the rail industry.

Tim Barkley, SCRP Chair said: “We are delighted to have been accepted for accreditation from the Department for Transport. The SCRP now has nine Community Rail Lines in the southeast and offers free education programmes to students. There are around 70 CRPs in the country of which just over half are accredited. Because accreditation brings with it access to government funding, this makes our work as a voice for the community well placed to support social and economic development through enhancing railways.  My thanks go to the board members, staff, volunteers and local stakeholders of the CRP for the support given in achieving accreditation.”

Fiona Morton, CEO, SCRP CIC: “These are exciting times for the Southeast Communities Rail Partnership. Our Line Officers and volunteer groups are working on some great projects along the lines such as plans to restore  Bishopstone Station to its Art Deco glory (see forthcoming documentary Architecture Railways Built) to welcoming nursery children to visit Lancing station to see if they can spot any fairies in the community garden. We look forward to opening up the railways to travel post pandemic.  We have produced guides to encourage leisure travel by rail to explore our beautiful region.  Our accreditation confirms the community-facing role the CRP will play locally to promote sustainable, health, and accessible travel. The SCRP is keen to look at opportunities for individuals to volunteer on railway linked projects, so get in touch if you want to be part of the railway family. “