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jackson_p



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:57 am    Post subject: DfT competition: 2016 Reply with quote

Competition aimed at heritage and community railways to make it easier to travel across the UK by rail launched.

A £1 million competition to encourage more visitors to travel by rail to see hidden gems across the UK is today (1 March 2015) launched by the Department for Transport

The competition will offer grants to rail operators for innovative ideas and trials and is aimed particularly at heritage railways and community rail partnerships. It hopes to encourage more tourists and make it easier to explore the UK by rail.

The competition is expected to generate around 20 winners, who will receive grants ranging from £25,000 to £75,000 to develop their ideas.

Projects could include:
•improving the connectivity of heritage and community rail
•improved disability access
•special ticketing offers
•better cycle facilities at stations

Refer to http://www.cvent.com/events/heritage-and-community-rail-tourism-innovation-competition/event-summary-43c0a64176294c4fa8e0ad650021886f.aspx
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great idea. My only slight concern is the total sum may be being spread too thinly to do very much at each selected location. £25000 to £75000 doesn't do a huge amount in the railway world.

Nevertheless "Two Cheers" for the innovation.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With all the big projects like the Diesel Depot and Bridgnorth redevelopment going on, it's easy to lose sight of the smaller projects. I wouldn't dismiss £25000 as insignificant.
A couple of ideas that could come well within that budget;

Improved disabled access to platforms 2&3 at Bewdley. I have to admit I can't think of an easy solution with the staggered platforms, but it would be nice to have something a bit more convenient than the current long walk to the far end of the goods yard.

Special ticketing offers in connection with Bewdley Festival or Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival with a late returning train.

Secure cycle lockers at some stations.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cycle racks in brake vans with quick release mechanisms to safely store and manage cycles. Plays into two transport themes and sustainability. Helps us manage a larger number of cyclists on each train.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

d431hood wrote:
Cycle racks in brake vans with quick release mechanisms to safely store and manage cycles. Plays into two transport themes and sustainability. Helps us manage a larger number of cyclists on each train.
Dont forget the tandems
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if this could be a way to see Hampton Loade Ferry back in action?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graham wrote:
I wonder if this could be a way to see Hampton Loade Ferry back in action?


I think the problem with Hampton Loade Ferry is that its very hard to make a decent living/profit from it even when it does operate. Mr Page the owner has highlighted the high cost of public liability insurance being prohibitive for example.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did anything happen about this? The closing date's gone and there hasn't been an announcement.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm told an NBI is being prepared and details will follow.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see from the West Somerset Railway that:

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It was confirmed that bids needed to be submitted by 4th April and
successful bidders would be required to give a ‘Dragon’s Den’ type
presentation at the DfT on 10 May.


http://wsr.org.uk/pdgminutes310316.pdf page 5

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Despite all their very well publicised problems, the WSR does seem to operate in a very open way - publishing minutes of meetings on line and so on. They stream web cam images and seem generally very customer focused.

Could we learn a thing or two from their example?
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A team representing the Charitable Trust recently travelled to London to pitch for a £75,000 share of £1million grant funding that the Department for Transport will be making available to heritage and community transport organisations.
Shelagh Paterson, Nick Ralls and Hugh McQuade took part in a Dragons’ Den style competition, as they pitched to a panel of senior ‘Dragons’ from the Heritage & Transport Sector.
The proposed scheme they outlined to the panel involves a transformation of the SVR’s existing disabled facilities so that disabled passengers will be able to travel on all our trains, without needing to pre-book. Most excitingly, it also includes the complete redesign of a carriage to allow wheelchairs users and their companions to enjoy luxury dining in true heritage style and comfort.
The DfT Dragons are looking for innovative projects that are well thought out and that will have a significant impact. They also want to know that organisations not only have the necessary skills to deliver their proposal but also that they can achieve it within a set timescale.
The competition for a share of the DfT funding has been extremely strong. Around 200 applications were received, and a shortlist of organisations, including the SVR Charitable Trust, were invited to make their pitches to the Dragons in person.
Keep your fingers crossed for our bid, and keep watching this space for further news!
Shelagh Paterson
Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charitable Trust wins £75k!

It was announced today that the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust has won £75,000 in a Department for Transport competition, for an ambitious scheme to transform the Railway’s travel offering for disabled passengers.
The Trust took part in a national ‘Dragons’ Den’ style competition, pitching their project to a panel of senior government figures, including Lord Faulkner of Worcester, Sir William McAlpine, Mark Garnier MP, and Deirdre Wells of UK Inbound. More than 200 organisations applied for funding from the DfT’s Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation competition, and the SVR was one of those shortlisted to pitch in person to the Dragons.
Reacting to the announcement by Rail Minister Claire Perry that the SVR had been chosen as one of the competition winners, Nick Ralls said:
“This award means we can transform our facilities for disabled visitors. We think it’s essential we offer all our passengers, regardless of their mobility level, the same level of convenience and access, along with the on board heritage dining facilities for which our railway is so well regarded. This funding from the DfT gives us the key to make that happen, and we’re extremely excited about getting started on the work.”
Rail Minister Claire Perry said:
“We want to show the best of British to our visitors and Heritage and Community Railways are part of that package. I am delighted that the Severn Valley Railway is one of 17 national winners across Britain. I look forward to seeing the scheme develop, providing another great reason to visit Worcestershire and Shropshire.”
The SVR’s scheme involves the restoration and conversion of two 1950s carriages, and the purchase of lightweight, portable ramps for each of the Railway’s wheelchair-accessible carriages.

The first phase will see the restoration and conversion of a currently un-used British Rail vehicle into a dedicated wheelchair-accessible carriage, providing accommodation for five wheelchair users and their companions, along with a disabled toilet. The team of staff and volunteers at the Railway has extensive experience in this type of adaptation, having carried out similar projects in recent years. The Trust’s chairman Hugh McQuade explains more:
“We learn from every one of our restoration projects, and we’re constantly adapting our approach. We pay great attention to getting an authentic match to each carriage’s period style. It’s about giving passengers the richest heritage experience that we can.”
This carriage will complete the Railway’s fleet of adapted carriages, and will mean that there are wheelchair facilities on every single timetabled train on the Railway.
Perhaps the biggest challenge for the restoration team lies in the second phase of the project. This involves rebuilding a second carriage to provide dining accommodation for up to 16 wheelchair users. Hugh McQuade explains more about its design:
“We’ve come up with an innovative zig-zag layout for the tables, that means we can allow for many different configurations of wheelchairs and conventional seating. As far as we know, nothing like this exists anywhere else in Britain.”
The expansion of the Railway’s existing wheelchair-accessible fleet and the creation of a dedicated dining car mean that we’ll be able to offer charter and party facilities for large groups of people with disabilities.
The third part of the scheme is the purchase of lightweight wheelchair ramps, to be carried in every adapted vehicle, including the ‘new’ dining car. The current station-based ramps are heavy and cumbersome, and because of security issues cannot be kept at every station and stop along the line. The new set of portable ramps will allow disabled passengers to get on and off trains at all stations and halts, giving them full access to all the attractions on the route.
The DfT’s £75,000 will form part of the project’s overall cost. The remainder of the funding comes from the Charitable Trust’s own funds, those of Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) plc, and also includes an in-kind costing for more than 3,000 volunteer hours that will be worked on this project.
Shelagh Paterson
Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Full details of the winners now here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rail-tourism-winners-announced
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SVR's PR http://www.shropshirelive.com/2016/05/25/severn-valley-railway-wins-75000-to-transform-facilities-for-disabled-visitors/
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