The Sussex Community Rail Partnership (‘SCRP’) has just celebrated its 10th birthday as a company. The SCRP works with local train operating companies to encourage more community and visitor use of local train services.

Tim Barkley, chair of the SCRP, said :- “We have been in existence for fourteen years, but have just celebrated our tenth birthday as a company :- we were registered at Companies House on 23rd October 2008.

“In that time we have grown from a staff of one looking after two lines to a staff of eight responsible for seven lines and over 60 station partnerships. Each line group chairman is a volunteer director of the company with two additional independent directors responsible for finance and strategy.

“The combination of the skills of the volunteer directors alongside the strategic direction of the partners has ensured that very significant community involvement has developed not just across Sussex, but also Kent, Surrey, and Berkshire.

“Alongside the involvement of local authorities, the active participation of Southern Railway and subsequently Govia Thameslink Railway and Great Western Railway, we have worked with many non-rail partners including Gatwick Airport, Brighton and Hove Buses, the South Downs National Park, Surrey Hills AONB, the Universities of Brighton, Sussex and Surrey, and Brighton & Hove Albion. And, of course, we have numerous community volunteers helping out across our patch, particularly at local stations, really making a difference to station and train users. We could not have achieved what we have without this fantastic community support.

“The work and achievements of Sussex CRP is a testament to the power and value of partnership working crossing public and private sector boundaries and drawing on fantastic volunteer input which is currently estimated at over 19,000 hours a year. We are now ready and looking forward to our next ten years and beyond!”