Transport Welcome Pack Just the TicketPublished Tuesday, 22 September 2015
A welcome pack promoting local rail transport could prove just the ticket for new homeowners in Ribble Valley.
The pack, devised by Community Rail Lancashire and supported by Ribble Valley Borough Council, features a host of information and advice, including train timetables, local rail history, a Rail Ramblers guided walks programme and how to get involved in local rail support groups.
Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “Ribble Valley is a happening place. It is one of the most desirable places in which to live and work in the UK, with a reputation for fine food and great days out.
“We want people to visit the borough and what better way to enjoy our stunning scenery than travelling by train.
“We also want the borough’s new homeowners to make the most of rail travel in their daily commutes to Blackburn, Preston, Manchester and beyond, as well as enjoy the leisure opportunities that local rail travel has to offer.”
Marjorie Birch, vice-chairman of Community Rail Partnership Clitheroe and chairman of local support group Ribble Valley Rail, added: “Lancashire’s community railways provide an excellent means by which to explore the county and provide vital links for students and commuters travelling across the region.
“There has been an increase in the use of local rail services in recent years, particularly the Clitheroe to Manchester rail line, and we anticipate further increases in passenger traffic in the future.
“Improvements will be taking place this year to all four Ribble Valley rail stations as part of a major upgrade of the Clitheroe to Manchester line, including the provision of real-time information screens and new passenger waiting shelters.
“Through joint initiatives with Northern Rail and other partners, excellent value tickets are available that help travelers go a bit further for their money, and now these packs are bringing comprehensive information to the doorsteps of potential new rail users.”
The packs are being distributed to new homeowners by housing sales offices.