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North Notts & Lincs Community Rail Partnership

What is community rail?

Community rail consists of grassroots partnerships that engage with communities and help people maximise the benefits their railways offer. They also promote social inclusion and sustainable travel. They work to improve train services and stations as gateways to their communities and where appropriate advance the provision of new stations and services.


Our area

map of the north notts and lincs crp area
  • Bassewtlaw area ( Gainsborough, Retford, Worksop, Shireoaks)
  • Lincoln area ( Saxilby, Lincoln, Market Rasen, Kirton in Lindsey,Brigg, Barnetby)

We encourge station adoption at all of our stations.

What is a station adopter?
Local stations are at the heart of the community and we'd like all our stations to be welcoming, clean and well maintained. Many of our stations are unstaffed and train operating companies are  not always able to visit each one as much as they would like. That is where station adoption comes in.

Station adopters are volunteers who help out at their local station, from keeping an eye out for any unusual activity and reporting any faults and issues, to maintaining the gardens and making sure the station is presentable, they make a huge difference to every single passenger.

If you would like to know more contact our officer Kate Myers.


Where to Go and How to Get There

Explore the towns and villages in our area by visiting our Where to go and how to get there pages.

Our Story

Read about our origin and the achievements of our first three years.
Download our story

Our 2020 Story

NNLCRP kept going during the Covid 19 pandemic despite having no officer from 1 April and relying soley on volunteers. Read our 2020 report.

South Humber Rail Link - Connecting Communities

On 19 June 2020 North Lincolnshire Council submitted a successful bid for Government funding of 75% of the cost of carrying out a feasibility study to restore regular passenger train services between Gainsborough Central and Barton on Humber via Kirton in Lindsey, Brigg and Barnetby.

Read more on the South Humber Rail Link

LNER May 22 Timetable Consultation

LNER has produced a revised timetable designed to meet the Government's requirement for more fast trains between London, Newcastle and Edinburgh. This is achieved at the expense of local services along the whole route.  Retford is a case in point. The timetable has been five years in the making as is therefore aimed at the pre-Covid 19 market. We have responded to the LNER consultation. Read our reply.

National Bus Strategy

Read our update memo on the National Bus Strategy

 A double deck bus with 2 bike on a rack on the front of the bus

One feature we are asking for is bike racks on buses, just like the Seattle Alexander Dennis bus in the picture.

Lincolnshire County Council and North Lincolnshire Council will commence public consultation soon.

Planning ahead

NNLCRP works within a 5 year strategy. Read our 2020-25 strategic plan

We are planning the following subject to limitations caused by Covid 19.

Integrating Transport - in partnership with Community Rail Network, transport operators, local authorities and community groups we aim to provide integrated transport in our area so as to reduce car use and rural isolation and help create a cleaner, greener and sustainable environment.

  • Barnetby - Adoption by Barnetby Parish Council
  • Gainsborough Central - minor improvements to the station and creation of a Friends  group
  • Gainsborough Lea Road -   improvements to the new platform 2 to be followed a replacement platform 1, welcome to Gainsborough artwork (also planned for Central station)
  • Lincoln (in support of Lincoln Rotary,the station adopters) - Romans to Railways,12 display panels along the length of the back wall of former platform 8
    statute to the memory of George Boole in the station forecourt along with a raised garden.
  • Work with Network Rail to overcome problems associated with trespass and anti social behavior at the site of a former level crossing in the city.
  • Retford -  creation of a Friends group (this will start once Covid restrictions have been lifted) with shared office space with NNLCRP
    lift for platform 3 (project underway)
    improvements to the upgrading of the Odsall subway and signage to the station
  • Worksop - artwork for platform 2 waiting room . Provision of a community room on platform 2
  • Shireoaks -mural for the waiting area on platform 2  and running in boards
  • Travel Guides - covering our whole area

Go A Roving
Rover and day ranger tickets from our area offer great flexibility and value.

Buy train tickets (not rovers or day rangers) for any journey in Britain from Northern Trains


NNLCRP gratefully receives funding from East Midland Trains, Northern Trains and London and North Eastern Railway, plus support in kind from Stagecoach East Midlands, Bassetlaw District Council, North Lincolnshire Council and West Lindsey District Council.

NNLCRP is a member of Community Rail Network

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Contact us

comunity rail devlopment officer
Kate Myers, Community Rail Development Officer
e-mail kate@nnlcrp.org.uk
North Notts & Lincs CRP CIC

Copmany No.  1253181
Retford Station, Station Road, Retford, DN22 7DE

updated 28 July 2021
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