Turning Point is a national charity engaged in the rehabilitation of people recovering from substance and alcohol abuse. The pilot scheme between Turning Point and the CRP, funded via Northern ComREG, is proving an unqualified success.
Turning Point residents have proved overwhelmingly enthusiastic, taking part in all elements of the programme of rail-related activities. In addition to performing routine tasks such as painting, gardening and maintenance, residents are also involved in helping in community-based improvement schemes at the new transport hubs at Workington and Whitehaven.
Green Road is situated on the edge of the Duddon Estuary, and the aim of the project is to showcase the outstanding geology, flora and fauna of the area within the station buildings, in addition to regenerating the disused passenger waiting facilities.
Millom Rail Room
The Rail Room project has achieved the transformation of a room within the Discovery Centre at Millom Station into an interactive, rail-based environment. The highlight is a fabulous model railway which reproduces the features and history of the Cumbrian Coast railway. There are now opportunities for local schools to take advantage of special rail packages enabling them to visit and enjoy the Rail Room and Discovery Centre.
Edge of the Empire
The ‘Edge of Empire’ project is an integral part of the current build programme to regenerate Maryport railway station and environs as a recognised transport ‘hub’. Utilising the input and involvement of a wide variety of stakeholders and committed funders it is proposed to integrate a compelling and authentic Roman ‘theme’ on the platform.
This project will capture and promote the importance of Maryport’s Roman history in a modern rail-based setting; encourage further rail exploration of Roman history on the Cumbrian Coast and Tyne Valley Line and provide an on-platform educational experience for children, thus reinforcing the curriculum requirement for stimulating interest in local heritage and history.
Oxenholme Art Project
A successful collaborative venture between CRC, Virgin Trains and Kendal College has resulted in a mix of innovative modern art and traditional scenic works being developed to enhance Oxenholme station. The project inspired students to produce works of such exceptional quality that the plan for 4 pieces was changed to include 6 pieces. Local businesses including Windermere Lake Cruises and the Kendal INGroup have provided sponsorship together with grant funding from the national Association of Community Rail Partnerships. The initiative has now inspired a much larger art scheme to enrich the station underpass.