Community rail initiative sees partners work together for wellbeing in Hertfordshire

Published on: Friday, 10 May 2024
Last updated: Friday, 10 May 2024

The New River Line Community Rail Partnership and train operator, Greater Anglia, have teamed up with a Hertfordshire organisation to provide a day out to help improve people’s wellbeing and mental health.

Working with the Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Social Prescribing Group, 14 people enjoyed a trip by train from Broxbourne to Hertford Castle on 23 April.

The Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Social Prescribing Group supports people by connecting them to local services to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

Katie Goldthorpe, New River Line Community Rail Partnership Officer, said, “We were really happy to work with the Social Prescribing Group to facilitate this day out.

“Most of the people in the group had not travelled by train for many years and only a couple had visited the castle, so it was great to be part of improving social inclusion and wellbeing in our community and promote the ease and value of rail travel for a great day out.”

Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s Customer and Community Engagement Manager, said, “We were pleased to support this event which has delivered benefits to improve people’s physical and mental wellbeing. It also highlighted further opportunities for them to take other trips out, which would provide them with additional wellbeing benefits.

“We are very grateful to the New River Line Community Rail Partnership for the great work they are doing to promote social inclusion and sustainable travel – it’s one of the ways in which the railway in East Anglia can deliver social value back to the communities we serve.”

The New River Line Community Rail Partnership aims to encourage and promote the use of the Broxbourne – Hertford East rail line, by supporting local projects developed in partnership with community groups, businesses, and Greater Anglia, and encouraging sustainable active travel for all.