Through our community investment, we support projects across our network that address an area of social need and benefit local communities.
Along with most train companies in England, we have entered into an Emergency Measures Agreement with the Department for Transport (DfT) and they are currently reviewing our plans for community investment in 2021/22.
Previous CCIF funding awards
Year 1 summary
We received bids for over £8m in funding, and successful schemes included travel plans for Bourne End and Marlow stations, an employability course for young people across South West Wales, and a new waiting shelter at Tackley station.
Dame Hannah Rogers Trust
The Trust provides work experience opportunities and accessible transport for children and adults with disabilities in Devon.
Our grant helped fund two part-time job coaches, and a wheelchair accessible minibus to connect the Trust’s campus to the railway.
Funding has been provided to 26 projects. These cover a wide range of schemes, spread across our network to benefit as many communities as we can.
Examples include illuminated timetable boards at selected stations on the Avocet line, repairs to the access road at St Germans station, a development and employability programme for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in Swindon, refurbishment of the public toilets in Kintbury, and a new Community Rail Partnership for the North Downs line.
Year 3 summary
In our third year, funding has been provided to 34 projects. We continue to support a range of projects in communities, as well as supporting community-led initiatives at our stations.
Examples include working to improve walking routes linking stations of all sizes to the areas they serve, partnership work to improve security and offer customers extra peace of mind, research to understand opportunities for improved interchange facilities, supporting work to rehabilitate and prevent offending through mentoring, and projects to regenerate and restore a station building at Saltash into a valued community hub and gateway to Cornwall.
Year 4 summary
In our fourth year, funding has been provided to 39 projects (listed in full below). We continue to support a range of projects in communities, as well as supporting community-led initiatives at our stations.
championing local food links and a project to develop a garden space at Avonmouth station;
promotion of train travel and safety awareness of the railway for young people with projects in Wales and Berkshire;
improved interchange facilities to connect people to stations;
projects to support our Community Rail Partnerships to deliver improvements to facilities and journey experience on our local routes, and;
a project to develop a feasibility study and detailed design work to construct an additional platform at Bodmin General, to improve connections with Bodmin Parkway
Year 4 Projects
Didcot Parkway - Improved Bus/Train Interchange
Dawlish Station Heritage Room
Looe Valley Line Heritage Centre
Penzance Station Onward Connectivity
Upgrade to Volunteers' Room Romsey Station
Public Transport RTPI at Mainline Stations
Audio Described Information in Toilets at Staffed Stations - Phase 1
Blackwater Valley Rail & Trail
Westbury Office Renovation
Vale of Evesham Rail Trails for Cyclists
St Ives Station Pedestrian Signage and Way Marking
Cheltenham Real Time User and Information Experience
Tarka Line Community Engineering Works Enhancement
Improving Accessibility and Public Realm at Pangbourne Station
Torre Station Entrance Enhancement
Improving Sustainable Travel Information
Bodmin General Platform 2
Saltash Station Refurbishment Project - Phase 2
Avonmouth Station Community Food Growing & Learning Space
Ilfracombe Railway Heritage Trail
North Cornwall Railway Heritage Play Areas Project
What Would You Do?
Training New Volunteers to Teach Life Skills to Year 6 Children
Brunel Community Project
Turning Tides @ The Tea Rooms and Another Root
Dig for Devonport Community Explorers
Your Station, Your Train
A Feasibility Study for the Construction of a Pedestrian/Cyclist Bridge at Hanborough Station
North Downs Line Guide 2019
The Coffee Shop Virtual CRP - Securing the Future
Light up Pewsey
Improving Cycle Parking & Wayfinding Security at Reading Station Northern Interchange
My Train Wales (Phase 4)
'Play Train Network' at Thames Valley Adventure Playground
Twyford Station Enhanced Travel Plan
North Cotswold Line Taskforce - RNEP Develop Stage
South Gloucestershire Days Out by Train Station Guides
Year 4 Total: £838,100
Community Investment Programmes
Great Western Railway’s community investment programmes support projects that have a community benefit or address an area of social need across our network.
GWR is pleased to announce that we are inviting bids to invest in community projects.
Over the 2021/22 financial year we plan to allocate over £500,000 across two programmes to support the communities we serve.
The programmes have been specially selected and fall into two key areas: