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
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.