The organisation which oversees community rail activities in the Humber region has won a top award from the Department of Transport.
Community Rail Humber Ltd (CRH), which works. in partnership with the Barton Cleethorpes Community Rail Partnership and the Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership, has won a Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation Competition award.
The £31,000 award will enable CRH to develop the Cleethorpes to Scarborough Experience.
`We will create a web-based Heritage and Tourism Trail that starts from Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire stretching all the way to Scarborough in North Yorkshire,’ said Community Rail Officer Gill Simpson.
` It will identify all points of interest along the way, highlight connectivity with other forms of public transport and community services such a cycle hire and walking routes,’ she said.
There are tourist information resources currently available but this project will create a complete journey that has been tried and tested for its quality and reliability by the volunteers working for the Community Rail Partnerships and will be updated as part of their future work.
The project will be completed in time for the launch of Hull City of Culture, sharing the success of the City with its surrounding towns and villages. It will encourage people to come and stay in the area all year round rather than just being a seasonal: day or short stay visitor, as is most common now.
Gill added: `By creating a journey planner of this size we will be able to highlight features of the most commonly known attractions in the area such as Bridlington Spa whilst making people aware of the smaller less know but equally interesting venues, such as Julian’s Bower turf-cut maze in Alkborough.
`The journey planner may be used in conjunction with ticketing and reservation systems, or just to provide scheduled information. The volunteers will test journeys to validate transport links and connectivity incorporating multimodal solutions and taking in to consideration seasonal changes.’