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Cambrian Community Rail Partnership seeking a new host organisation

The Cambrian Community Rail Partnership (CCRP) is seeking a new organisation to manage a hosting agreement with Transport for Wales and Avanti West Coast.


Interested organisations have until May 14 to submit an expressions of interest to CCRP chair Neil Scott at hello@thecambrianline.co.uk . Visit https://www.thecambrianline.co.uk/ for further information.


Ceredigion County Council is the current host and financial management authority for the partnership which is funded by Transport for Wales, Avanti West Coast and Shropshire County Council. The council has hosted the partnership officer since 2014 and hosted all arrangements for the partnership since 2019.


Now more than 20 years old, the CCRP covers a wide area, spanning 120 miles and 34 stations from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth and up the Wales coast to Pwllheli.


The CCRP is looking to work with an organisation that excels in good governance, sustainable funding and a successful track record in bidding, securing and managing external funding from a variety of sources. developing resilience in voluntary sector organisations, managing finances and community engagement and influencing.


The partnerships says it will particularly welcome applications from third sector organisations with interests in place-based community led projects, community development and engagement with a good knowledge of the area it covers.


CCRP is an accredited community rail partnership, awarded by the Community Rail Network, Department for Transport and Welsh Government.


The Cambrian Railway spans 120 miles of unspoilt natural beauty and is one of the most scenic routes in Britain. From Shrewsbury, the Cambrian Main Line takes passengers across the border into Wales, through rugged mountain terrain, quaint market towns, World Heritage sites and castles, cross country towards the picturesque west coast of Wales.


At Machynlleth, the line merges into the Cambrian Coast Line offering spectacular views, coastal walks and places to visit along the Wales Coast Path.


CCRP members include Transport for Wales, Avanti West Coast, Network Rail, British Transport Police, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, Talyllyn Railway, Snowdonia National Park, Ceredigion County Council, Gwynedd Council, station adoption representatives, tourism representatives and third sector partners.


CCRP’s business activity plan aims to provide a voice for the community, promote sustainable, healthy and accessible travel, bring communities together and support diversity and inclusion and support social and economic development.