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Photos from other Stations on the North Staffordshire Line
The photos, left, illustrate how groups at other stations on the Derby to Crewe line have improved the appearance of their stations. From top to bottom, photo 1 shows Alsager Station near Crewe, Photos 2 & 3 show Blythe Bridge  Station,  photo 4 shows Kidsgrove Station.
North Staffs Community Rail Partnership - Another excellent year (Posted 2012)
North Staffs Community Rail Partnership is now in its seventh year. For many of us it all began on Friday 17 June 2005 with the launch meeting at Uttoxeter Race Course.
It’s been another bumper year for NSCRP. We now have 42 station volunteers, which is the highest number on any East Midlands Train route. 17  of our volunteers were awarded EMT long service awards for between three and five years service.
NSCRP received a record six nominations in the annual National Rail Awards (2011) and came away with Certificates of Excellence in the categories Best Community Rail Image, Best Community Rail Event and a well deserved runner up award in the Best Station Adoption Group for the Kidsgrove Station Volunteers Team.
Click on the image shown left to view this years report and see what’s going on at local stations up and down the Derby to  Crewe line
Outstanding Community Teamwork Award for North Staffs Community Rail Partnership
North Staffs CRP has enjoyed great success at the 2013 national Community Rail Awards (27 September), winning both the Small Projects Award for the Bee-Friendly project at Alsager station and also the Outstanding Teamwork Award for the CRP and all its station adopters for regenerating stations on the Crewe-Derby route.
NSCRP, and our volunteers, were in competition with over 100 community rail partnerships and station friends groups across the UK, so it’s a real achievement to win this award.
The work of this 45-strong team has delivered regeneration to some very challenging un-staffed stations on the North Staffordshire Line (Crewe-Stoke-Derby route).
The dedication of team members has resulted in not only the transformation of station gardens, but has also prompted community involvement and brought funding support for station improvement events and projects.

North Staffordshire Line stations like Longton in Stoke-on-Trent,  Alsager in Cheshire and Tutbury & Hatton (Staffordshire/Derbyshire), now provide a welcoming gateway for passengers. These stations have strong passenger growth, and are a key part of the community, thanks to the North Staffordshire Line team
Pictured above are Tutbury & Hatton Station Volunteers celebrating their success in the courtyard at Slice Cafe in High St Tutbury.
Station Volunteers work even harder this year (Posted 2013)
Station volunteers have worked even harder this year to add colour and brightness to the route. Many station volunteers helped with the passenger survey on the line in April this year. By counting passenger numbers on each train throughout one day and asking a sample of passengers to complete a simple questionnaire, we were better able to understand the travel patterns and priorities of users of the line.
Thanks are due to East Midlands Train, Cheshire East, Staffordshire County Council and Derbyshire County Council for their continued funding. These funds are vital to sustain our Community Rail Partnership Officer namely Faye Lambert’s part-time post.
Faye’s energy and enthusiasm have been greatly effective in bringing to fruition numerous initiatives - which you can read about in the annual report.
Faye’s hard work has now been recognised, nationally, with her election to the board of AcORP, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, which also represents a distinction for our Partnership.
Click on the image shown left to view this years report and see what’s going on at local stations up and down the Derby to  Crewe line.

You can request a hard copy of the annual report by contacting Faye Lambert -  Tel: 01782 - 232272, or write to Community Rail Officer, c/o Stoke City Council Passenger Transport, Floor 3, Civic Centre, Stoke on Trent ST4 1RF.
North Staffs CRP
National Community Rail Awards
for Outstanding Teamwork
Crewe to Derby Line
www.northstaffsrail.org.uk, the new website of North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, is now live.

The website features information about the partnership’s many projects to develop the North Staffordshire Line (Crewe-Stoke-Derby rail route).

The latest issue of the Guide to the North Stafordshire Line is now available to down load.

To download, simply click on the icon shown left.

Copies of the new guide will soon be  available in Tutbury at The Dog & Partridge Public House, Slice Cafe, The Tutbury Jinnie Model Shop and The Tutbury Present Company.

The guide includes money off coupons for local attractions and factory shop outlets.

View photos of last day of running in at old station in 1960 and first day of running at new one in 1989.



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The work of its award-winning volunteers and many community supporters, including schools and businesses, is highly profiled to illustrate the committed support this provides to the partnership and the impact it has made towards improving route stations for passengers.

Through www.northstaffsrail.org.uk visitors can also access details on how to apply to East Midlands Trains to become a volunteer at their local station.

Also featured is detailed information about the route, stations, onward travel destinations and timetables and local tourist attractions. There are also links to funding partner websites, including eastmidlandstrains.co.uk, and also to National Rail Enquiries.

Michael Willmot, partnership Chairman, said: “As well as providing visitors with information about using the North Staffordshire Line, www.northstaffsrail.org.uk also serves to share ideas and raise awareness of community rail, which brings real benefits to local rail lines.

The North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership has raised over £800,000-worth of investment for the Crewe-Stoke-Derby route, which has provided new waiting facilities, customer information, CCTV and cycle parking at stations. Partnership projects and volunteers have won many awards including the national Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) Outstanding Teamwork Award 2013.

Contact: For further information, please contact Faye Lambert on 07880 043513.

The above photo was taken at East Midlands Trains Best Stations Awards 2015, where Tutbury and Hatton was named Runner Up Most Improved Station – station volunteers Mick and Jan Rhodes are pictured centre celebrating the award, which is down to the volunteer team’s hard work in creating the marvellous floral displays that make the station so much more welcoming for passengers – well done to the team!

East Midlands Trains Best Stations Awards 2015

Tutbury and Hatton named Runner Up Most Improved Station

Ten Years of Success

Read North Staffs Community Rail Partnership’s latest annual report, covering major achievements over the last 10 years.

Click on image left to view PDF version of report