Travellers at Birmingham New Street Station are being greeted by a huge Red Arrow today – it’s the latest promotion to encourage more people from the West Midlands to visit Lincolnshire by rail.
Charlotte Goy from Visit Lincoln says:
It’s not everyday you see a 5 metre Red Arrow model in the middle of a train station, and as you’d expect it is attracting a lot of attention.
We’ve had everyone from toddlers to granddads asking to sit inside, and it’s a great conversation starter. So many people have a family connection to the RAF in Lincolnshire.
We’re having a great time telling people about the RAF Centenary events happening in the county this year – by far Bastion in the Air exhibition and the RAF100 1940s weekend in August are the most popular!
Organised by Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership and Visit Lincoln, the event is part of a nationwide campaign by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) to encourage more people to explore the places that surround their local railway lines.
Kaye Robinson from Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership, added:
This is a great opportunity for us to promote Lincolnshire’s railway line to 170,000 commuters and visitors passing through the station. Travelling by rail to Lincolnshire is so quick and easy, and we want to tell more people about it.
Poacher Line runs from Nottingham through Lincolnshire to Skegness. Community Rail in the City is a flagship annual community rail event that promotes sustainable travel for tourism and recreation.
Community rail partnerships work at grassroots level to engage local communities, help people to get the most from their railways, and promote rail as a key part of sustainable, healthy travel.