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Our communities are at the heart of everything we do and we are committed to building relationships and helping those communities grow and develop.
In fact, working with communities is such a big part of our world that we even introduced a dedicated Community Manager in 2021 to support our ambitions and ensure the collective voice communities we serve is heard.
While he has been with TransPennine Express (TPE) for five years in other roles, Daniel Fox now looks after our relationship with the communities that we share the North with. He works with Community Rail Partnerships, Rail User Groups, schools and the wider community.
During the past 12 months some of the highlights of Daniel’s work in the community have included Armistice Day display at Hull Paragon Interchange (30 schools from across the north of England painted, stuck, and sculpted more than 2,000 individual poppies displayed in the station's foyer), and our first annual Community Rail Conference, bringing together the Rail User Groups and Community Rail Partnerships in a virtual forum, sharing updates and providing a forum for the groups to share best practice and their experiences.
We support 24 Community Rail Partnerships across the north of England and Scotland, organisations dedicated to the growth, promotion and sustainability of their local railway line. Through our National Rail Contract funding, we are able to provide project funding to each of these groups, supporting them in delivering benefits for local people.
Moving into the second year of our National Rail Contract, we're developing a Station Adoption scheme, allowing community groups to adopt their train station and engage with local people to help make the station a key part of the community. Station adoption is one of the real successes of the community rail movement, undertaking a range of projects or initiatives, including gardening / floral displays, artwork, partnerships with local schools and community support groups.
Poppy wall at Hull Paragon- Remembrance Day 2021
In honour of Remembrance Day, we invited schools from across our region to support the 2021 Poppy Appeal at Hull Paragon Station.
School children were asked rom across our network to design and create poppies to form part of a display at the station. As a result, we received more than 2,000 poppies from students from schools across the north of England, from Cumbria to Calderdale and Greater Manchester to Hull itself. The poppies, which were transported by one of our trains to Hull, were then added to a large map of the TPE network to form a commemorative Poppy Wall.
Working with our local communities is essential for TPE. We were delighted to welcome school children from across Hull to attend the memorial event and see their hard work on display at Hull Paragon station. Attendees included Thanet Primary School, Thoresby Primary School, Adelaide Primary School, Venn Academy, and TPE managers.
Daniel Fox, Community Manager for TransPennine Express, said: “It was moving to see the overwhelming response we had from the community for the Poppy Appeal in November, with 33 schools participating from all across our network. It was a fantastic way to honour the memory of those who have served and recognise those who still do. We welcome more opportunities to work and build relationships with the communities we serve across the North and Scotland.”
If you want to know more about the work we do with communities or get involved, please contact Daniel.Fox@tpexpress.co.uk.
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