Full Steam Ahead for Partnership that Won a Community Rail Awards
A joint project ‘Wales on Rails’ (WOR), led by Great Little Trains of Wales (GLTW) and supported by Transport for Wales and the Community Rail Partnerships (CRP) in Wales and the borders has won at The Community Rail Awards in the tourism and leisure category.
Jools Townsend, chief executive of Community Rail Network, said:
The Community Rail Awards give deserved recognition to community rail partnerships, groups and volunteers across Britain. We were thrilled to welcome more than 430 guests to the awards, alongside ministers and rail industry leaders, emphasising the great value of community rail, helping to build stronger, fairer, greener communities, served, and connected by their railways and wider sustainable transport network.
The project was designed to provide a resource for tourist travellers to explore Wales by public transport, offering a series of maps, itineraries, and information cards. Explaining the heritage and social and cultural landscape of Wales to enrich the visitor experience and encourage sustainable tourism.
Hugh J Evans Head of Community Rail at Transport for Wales:
This unique partnership with the CRP’s working together with GLTW has been the key element to this expansive project. The vision and joint team activity has meat that this project leads the way to exploring Wales by public transport. Our expert tourist guides encourage behaviour change, for both locals and tourists, to discover Wales using public transport.
The WOR project hopes to inspire people to come to Wales and consider using public transport to see all the sights, experience tourist attractions and narrow-gauge railways located in stunning scenery across Wales.
David Jones, General Manager at Bala Lake Railway and Chairman GLTW said:
Wales has some of the best and most scenic rail routes in the World. WoR brings together the narrow-gauge steam railways of the GLTW and the scenic main lines, offering a sustainable and cost-effective means of accessing the best scenery and railway journeys that Wales has to offer. It’s fitting recognition that the GLTW and the Community Rail Partnerships in Wales have been received this award.
GLTW is encouraging adventurers to travel on all their lines with their Discount Card. Available online the £20 card gives a 20% discount on the price of a return journey on all 12 members’ railways. The card is valid for one year from the first date of use (Terms & Conditions apply).
The WOR website has ideas for days out, short breaks and holiday ideas. Encouraging us to begin our sustainable adventure the moment we step on a train or bus and explore Wales.
Members of the Great Little Trains of Wales are; Bala Lake Railway, Brecon Mountain Railway, Corris Railway, Fairbourne Railway, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, Llanberis Lake Railway, Snowdon Mountain Railway, Talyllyn Railway, Welshpool and Llanfair Railway, Vale of Rheidol Railway and Welsh Highland Heritage Railway.
Members of the Community Rail Partnerships (CRP) in Wales and the borders are; The Cambrian Line, Conwy Valley Line and North Wales Coast, The Heart of Wales Line, 3 Counties Connected (The Shrewsbury to Chester Line and the Borders) and South West Wales Connected.
Watch the moment Wales on rails were announced winners of the Tourism and Leisure Community Rail Award.