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1 1 Network Rail Community Scheme

2 2 Community Scheme – What’s that? So it’s Network Rail’s answer to station adoption? Yes, but it’s not ‘station’ and it’s not ‘adoption’

3 3 Station Adoption or Community Scheme? Red area is managed by the Train Operator, so Station Adoption Green is Network Rail directly-managed land, so Community Scheme

4 44 Why have it? Most railway land is outside station lease ‘Informal’ schemes are vulnerable (e.g. West Dulwich) Equitable – it doesn’t depend on ‘who you know’ No legal/admin costs (unlike a lease)

5 5 Community Scheme More hazardous environment than public areas of a station No resource for Network Rail to manage volunteers, so... Volunteers form a group and manage themselves, through... A ‘Licence’ agreement with Network Rail (separate one for Scottish law) Specified activities: e.g. “maintaining a garden”, “clearing litter”, “removing graffiti” Specified scheme area and safe access route(s) Power tools, spraying, under-16s etc need specific agreement Safety briefing before volunteers start work

6 66 How does it work? Group carries out its own risk assessment and signs licence agreement on behalf of its members ‘One-Off’ scheme: –Usually one or two days –People turn up on the day –Network Rail provides safety briefing and supervises ‘Long-Term’ scheme –NR installs permanent fence and/or gate, if needed –Group members safety briefed then work unsupervised –Agreement is renewed every year

7 7 An Example: Frome Authorised access route Fencing: Platform end ramp Fencing: Line side and platform end ramp

8 88 This year’s Must-Have Accessories

9 9 Has it worked? 52 long-term schemes and 17 one-offs so far. – 4 disused branch lines –10 disused platforms –5 wildflower meadows –a crossing-keepers’ hut –a botanic garden –a gnome sanctuary Around 600 volunteers

10 10 Publicising the Schemes Search ‘Community Schemes’ on A chance for groups to tell us about their schemes Here are just some of them....

11 11 A canal (Causeland)

12 12 An embankment (Homerton)

13 13 Half a station (March)

14 14 A disused platform (Chandlers Ford)

15 15 Small buildings

16 16 A community scheme on a station??

17 17 Where next? schemes in the pipeline Similar number of ‘proposals’ at any time Including this wagon! And......

18 18 Wildlife Railway land is a natural wildlife corridor Wild flowers suit poor soil Groups can look after a larger area than with conventional gardening

19 19 Wildlife Areas

20 Thank you!


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