‘Get On Track’, the Leighton Buzzard Station Travel Plan, was awarded First Place in the Local Transport Integration category in 2012 by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships.
The plan was community-led, with volunteers working alongside transport service professionals to improve and promote sustainable transport options.
The increased cycle parking and improved bus service provision, backed up with a programme of promotional activities has led to a 58% increase in cycling to the station, and a doubling of bus travel.
(l-r) Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership, Ged Burgess, London Midland, James Gleave, Central Bedfordshire Council, Debbie Johnston, London Midland, Daphne Walker of ‘Off the Rails’, Anna Maria Izzard, London Midland, and in the front Sylvia Lay Flurrie who started ‘Off the Rails’ and Victoria Harvey South Beds Friends of the Earth
The work has also inspired the establishment of a Station Adoption Group, giving the community even more of a say in their local station. Neil Buxton, General Manager of ACoRP (Association of Community Rail Partnerships) said “This is a fine example of a community in action at a local level. The ‘Get On Track’ team have worked hard to make their station a true transport hub and gaining first place in this prestigious award is a credit to them. Community Rail is all about co-operation and partnership and the Leighton Buzzard team have shown just how it’s done!”