Days Out by Train in the West of England (and beyond!) aimed to grow our understanding of barriers to rail travel for low-income, disadvantaged communities living in the West of England and neighbouring areas including South Wales, Gloucester, Wiltshire and Somerset.
To achieve this, the project provided FREE RAIL TRAVEL for groups of people from disadvantaged communities wishing to spend a day out in a variety of destinations within the scheme’s network map. Free rail travel was provided for journeys on Great Western Rail (GWR) services only, from June 2016 to February 2017.
This new and exciting initiative was developed by Dr Mirriam Ricci, Senior Research Fellow at the University of the West of England and funded by GWR under the Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF) 2016/17. The project was delivered in collaboration with the Severnside Community Rail Partnership.
Dr Ricci’s received feedback from participants, the findings of which formed the basis of her research paper. The full document is available here.
Plans are afoot for a similar scheme for 2018, where participants will benefit the support of volunteer rail ambassadors who will accompany groups on their rail journey.