Have your say on rural transport in Fenland

Manea train station. A conference will give local people a chance to air their views on rurral trans

Manea train station. A conference will give local people a chance to air their views on rurral transport. - Credit: Archant

A first-of-its-kind event to address Fenland’s rural transport challenges takes place this month.

The aim is for community groups and members of the public to drive future proof transport plans.

The Fenland Transport Conference 2017 is at the GER Social Club in March on Thursday October 12, from 10am to 4pm.

Councillor Simon King, Fenland District Council’s cabinet member for transport, said:“This is a chance for members of the community to learn from local transport experiences and expertise, and consider ways in which Fenland’s accessibility challenges can be met.

“Developing a rural transport network that is integrated, accessible and affordable will help enhance the quality of life for people living and working in Fenland by improving their access to services, leisure activities and employment.”

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Event sponsor CrossCountry, the UK’s largest passenger train operator, supports many community rail partnerships throughout the country. Chris Leech, CrossCountry’s business community manager, said: “We are pleased to be supporting the Fenland Transport Conference, and to help the development of a new strategy to meeting the area’s transport needs.

“Good transport services are as important to rural areas as they are for larger towns and cities, as they provide opportunities for leisure and business travel, connect communities, strengthen local economies and promote social inclusion.”

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Town and parish councils, schools, organisations, health care providers and local charities are being invited to the event, along with transport providers and companies.

Organised by the Fenland Transport and Access Group (TAG) with support and sponsorship from train operator CrossCountry, the conference is aimed at anyone affected by or with an interest in local transport.

It will discuss transport issues across Fenland, share information and knowledge on existing transport services and explore ways in which community groups can work together to improve the local transport network.

It is also an early opportunity to help develop a new transport strategy for Fenland and to influence the content and ideas for the first neighbourhood planning transport guide being developed by TAG and CrossCountry.

The conference includes presentations from CrossCountry, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships and TAG members.

There will also be question and answer sessions, workshops and group discussions.

• Members of the public are welcome but as places are limited they must be booked in advance by 5pm on Friday, October 6. For more information and to book a place, contact Wendy Otter or Belinda Pedler from the Council’s transport team on 01354 622318 or 622324.

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