“We were really impressed by what has been achieved at Carnforth,” said Partnership chair Prof. Paul Salveson. “What was once a derelict shell is now a thriving tourist attraction and a busy station. The role of the volunteers in running the museum and bookshop was impressive, but we also recognised the highly commercial way in which the cafe and bar was run, with paid staff.”
Already, the former ‘guards’ messroom’ on platform 5 is a well-used community space, with a series of open meetings planned for this Spring. A brand new community rail partnership, forming part of the Governemnt's Community Rail Development Strategy, is being created by the pstation partnership and is seeking accreditation from the Department for Transport, recruiting paid staff to work with the volunteers.
Note: The next open meeting at the Community Room on Platform 5 is on Tuesday April 2nd with a talk by Richard Lysons on ‘Amazing Women by Rail’ – women who have been involved in arts, politics and business who are linked together by the Northern rail network! Starts at 7.30, free admission.
Written by Prof. Paul Salveson MBE