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Surrey Hills to South Downs Community Rail Partnership

Mission Statement

The Surrey Hills to the South Downs Community Rail Partnership (SH-SD CRP) is an exciting, dynamic initiative that has its origins in the Haslemere Community Station project that started in 2015.  The Partnership was launched on June 13th, 2019 for the mutual benefit of all the people and organisations of Haslemere, Witley, Milford, Godalming and Farncombe, together with their immediate surrounding areas.

Working with South Western Railway (SWR), with the support of the Community Rail Network the SH-SD CRP aims to provide access to the local area via rail and more sustainable transport modes.

.  It has a clear vision and direction to deliver the following key objectives:

  • To promote the towns along the route of the SH-SD CRP and their surrounding districts, including the Surrey Hills, South Downs National Park and the National Trust, plus the organisations working within these boundaries.
  • To promote local events and cultural activities across the SH-SD CRP area.
  • To promote social enterprise activities within the SH-SD CRP area.
  • To work with schools, youth organisations and vulnerable adults to provide information about the railway including how to keep safe, through activities including Try the Train Experiences.
  • To work with the local community and SWR, to provide a high standard of infrastructure and aesthetics at all stations, and to bring them into the heart of the community.
  • To encourage greater use of sustainable and environmentally friendly public transport.
  • To work with partners to develop and enhance local train services, stations and improve access for all - for example to ensure all our stations are dementia and disabled friendly.
  • To work with SWR to increase off-peak rail passenger numbers.
  • To enable local railways to play a larger role in local and regional economic and social regeneration including projects to enhance tourist, educational, health, cultural and environmental regeneration and development activities.

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