The Department for Transport have offered £1m for projects to encourage more people to travel by rail
A £1 million competition to encourage more visitors to travel by rail to see hidden gems across the UK is today (1 March 2016) launched by the Department for Transport.
The competition will offer grants to rail operators for innovative ideas and trials and is aimed particularly at heritage railways and community rail partnerships. It hopes to encourage more tourists and make it easier to explore the UK by rail.
The competition is expected to generate around 20 winners, who will receive grants ranging from £25,000 to £75,000 to develop their ideas.
Projects could include:
The vast majority of heritage railways and community railways are outside London and one key objective is to encourage more tourists to travel to destinations beyond the capital....
- improving the connectivity of heritage and community rail
- improved disability access
- special ticketing offers
- better cycle facilities at stations
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