Thursday 10 Aug 2017
Network Rail to carry out community project in Corby
Residents are invited to vote online to choose a project which will be funded and delivered by Network Rail to benefit the community in Corby after they have carried out work to improve the railway line between Kettering and Corby, as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.
Work to improve the railway can be disruptive to those living near the line. To thank residents for their patience whilst devegetation work between Kettering and Corby takes place, Network Rail is going to fund a community project in Corbv.
The first community initiative which residents can choose is a railway-themed art trail by community artist Richard Janes. A new sculpture was recently installed at Corby station and the project would build on this and create a warm welcome for visitors to Corby and all station users.
The second option is a workshop for a local school provided by Tackling Track Safety (TTS). TTS teach children about staying safe near the railway through sports. The children would participate in a range of activities covering different themes, such as electrification and level crossing safety.
Spencer Gibbens, principal programme sponsor at Network Rail, said: “Although the project to upgrade the line will have fantastic long term benefits for the people of Corby, we know that work to improve the railway can be disruptive for those living nearby.
“Making sure that we care for those who live near the railway is one of our top priorities and we are delighted to be able to fund a project which will give back to the local community. I’m grateful to residents for their continued patience whilst this work is carried out and would encourage them to vote for their favourite scheme.”
You can vote for your favourite project by visiting www.facebook.com/NetworkRailCommunity/
Voting opened on Friday, 14 July and closes on Monday, 14 August.
Notes to editors:
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.