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Explore places of interest and local history connected with the stations on the Crewe to Manchester and South East Manchester lines.

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The Project

This art project is a joint enterprise between the Crewe to Manchester and South East Manchester Community Rail Partnerships. The two partnerships, between them, cover five lines and 26 station friends groups. The lines provide crucial commercial and cultural links across the south and south east of Manchester from the city centre southwards to Crewe and towards Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park.

The Art

The artwork has been created by local artist Eamonn Murphy, Eamonn’s aim is to capture the spirit of local communities that use the lines. The artwork features well-known local buildings and landmarks that speak of that particular community’s past or present and the people that make up that community. The artwork is created in a style that evokes travel in times past when travel was an adventure.

The Communities

At the very heart of Community Rail is the community. The wider community, more than the rail, is the growing focus of Community Rail. This project is very much about the people, the places and their joined history. We want this art to encourage people to learn about their own localities and communities but also to explore the lines to learn about their neighbours and to take advantage of what is on offer by them and to continue  along the lines, discovering as they go; from the busy centres out to the plains of Cheshire and up onto the wild moors of the Peak District.

About Community Rail

Community Rail is a successful national volunteering movement; where local community members ‘adopt’ their local railway station with the aim of improving the appearance of the station and providing rail operating companies with access to opinions of the local customers. Community Rail is supported by the Department for Transport and the wider rail industry including the train operating companies (TOCS) that operate the train services.

Our Sponsors

This Project would not have been possible without the generous support of several sponsors: Arriva Northern, The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) and Transport For Greater Manchester (TfGM). Thank you and thanks to the input and suggestions offered by all of the Friends Groups along the lines.

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The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) is the membership body for 60 community rail partnerships and represents over 1000 station adoption groups. We support our members to be effective in benefiting their communities and railways, socially, environmentally and economically.


Get Involved

The partnerships are always looking for new members. So whether you’re interested in joining an existing group, starting a group that currently doesn’t have a friends group (blue on the map) or perhaps you’re a business that would like to support the partnership. Get in touch via the links below.

The Crewe-Manchester line provides a fast, frequent and direct rail service through the pleasant Cheshire countryside, linking Crewe, Wilmslow and Manchester via Stockport and Manchester Airport.

The line is a vital transport route for the economy of North West England, providing an important link to a number of large and medium employers along the line.

The Crewe-Manchester line also offers plenty of opportunities for days out, whether for shopping, visitor attractions or exploring the countryside.

The Community Rail Partnership is made up of volunteers that are active at their local stations, why not join us? Make a difference to your community.

 

The lines of South East Manchester Community Rail Partnership cover a wide range of landscapes and serve a variety of communities from the bustling city centre through densely packed urban areas out to the rural Peak District. As such the lines provide invaluable services for commuters and business travellers heading into the cities and towns and some wonderful outdoor leisure opportunities for those heading in the opposite direction.

The three lines also offers plenty of opportunities for days out, whether for shopping, visitor attractions or exploring the countryside.

The aim of the partnership is to represent and support all of the communities touched by the three lines to enable them to get the most benefit from the rail services available and where required represent those communities to help them lobby the rail industry to change services and improve the stations.

The Community Rail Partnership is made up of volunteers that are active at their local stations, why not join us? Make a difference to your community.


A Special Collection of Artworks

The Rail Partnership has an agreement with Arriva Trains Northern (the TOC) to assist in promoting the line and increasing its passenger usage, especially in the area of leisure, and has commissioned a special collection of artwork to celebrate the many places of interest accessible from stations on the Crewe to Manchester and South East Manchester lines.

The images produced by popular local Stockport-based artist, Eamonn Murphy, evoke an era when train travel was still an adventure, sparking a renewed interest in the area’s railways and the communities they serve.