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Vacancy for Community Rail Partnership Officer (CRPO)

  • Part Time – 25 hours per week.
  • Salary – £16,081 per annum for 25 hour week.
  • Three year fixed term contract with possible short term extension.
  • Employer – Swanage Railway
  • Working Pattern – core hours plus some evening and weekend work as required.
  • Enhanced DBS Check Required (to be supplied by Swanage Railway)

Purbeck Community Rail Partnership (PCRP) is seeking to appoint a motivated and competent person for this interesting, challenging and exciting role.

The PCRP is an alliance between train operators, infrastructure owners, and local Councils. We are very close now to seeing the introduction of a community railway service between Swanage and Wareham, operated by Swanage Railway. However, the Partnership is about more than just the new service – it is about connecting the community and stakeholders to its railways, including the Waterloo to Weymouth mainline running through stations at Holton Heath, Wareham, Wool and Moreton, by helping to enhance station environments and facilities, and generally promoting the benefits of public transport and active travel in a sustainable and integrated way, including to under-represented groups.

The CRPO will perform an active role in drawing up and delivering projects and plans agreed by the Partnership. We require a self-motivated person with excellent project management and communication skills, together with previous experience of bid-writing and community engagement, and a flexible approach.

In return we offer a flexible working environment, a travel pass on both Swanage Railway and South Western Railway train services when on duty, a small but dedicated team atmosphere and a holiday allowance.

Although the post is to be home-based, you will be required to attend at stations and other railway properties on a regular basis, as required. We are happy to discuss flexible working hours.

Application is by completed application form only. Application forms and further details are available from Mrs Lorna Lock at Swanage Railway, email or in writing to: Recruitment, Swanage Railway, Station House, Swanage, BH19 1HB.

Closing Date for applications is: 12 Noon on Friday 30th October 2020. First Interviews will be held on Thursday 19th November via Microsoft Teams. Second interviews will be held face-to-face at Westport House, Wareham.

For more information about the work of the PCRP please look through our website, or call Mick Stone on 07956 023197 for an informal discussion about the role.

What can I do to travel safely?

  • Wear a face covering – in line with the recent government announcement, passengers must wear a face covering. Children under 11, and people with a disability, illness or condition that means they cannot wear a face covering are exempt.
  • Travel outside of busy periods – with social distancing in place, we have limited capacity so try to travel outside of peak hours if you can and use quieter stations where possible.
  • Keep your distance – the risk of transmission is small at 2 metres and where possible, you should maintain 2 metres distance. If you cannot keep a 2 metre distance, reduce the risk to yourself and others by maintaining a 1 metre distance where possible, and taking suitable precautions.
  • Wash your hands regularly – please wash your hands before and after you travel, you may also want to carry your own personal hand sanitiser.
  • Plan ahead – check your journey in advance.
  • Buy your ticket online – buying your ticket online will make your journey through our station seamless and contact-free. Make the switch to our Touch smartcard, it’s free and you don’t need to queue to get your tickets.
  • If you do need to buy your ticket at our stations, use contactless – all of our ticket offices and most ticket machines are not currently accepting cash, so use contactless.
  • Allow other passengers off before you board – stand well back and allow your fellow passengers off the train before you board, giving them plenty of room.
  • Be considerate of fellow passengers – when finding a seat consider your passengers and respect social distancing. Try and leave at least two rows free between yourself and other passengers when finding a seat. Where possible, travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them.
  • Be prepared to queue – we may need to introduce queuing at our busier stations to ensure social distancing, which means your journey may take longer.

Trespass Increase

This highly emotional video highlights the devastating consequences that trespassing on the railway can have.
Supplied as part of the You vs. Train campaign. Everyone loses when you step on the track.

Welcome Point at Wool Railway Station

Welcome Point At Wool Railway Station

The finishing touch to an information point at Wool Station has been fitted into place.

Several years ago, the Friends of Wool Station commissioned a village map for the front wall of the station building. An outdoor leaflet dispenser was later installed alongside the map so that station users could pick up a timetable or the Wool Village leaflet at times when the booking office was closed. The finishing touch was the addition of a LOCAL INFORMATION sign above the map.

Tony Smale, who set up the station adoption group in 2010, says “we felt the map was being mistaken for just another advertising poster. Our new enamelled sign is clearly visible from the main road, so now anyone passing the station will clearly see that the station forecourt is a good place to seek out information about the local area.”

The sign was produced at Dorset Highway’s workshop and the cost was largely met by a grant from Dorset AONB’s 60th Anniversary Fund. South Western Railway staff helped fit the sign in place on the station wall. In awarding the grant, Dorset AONB acknowledged the station’s importance as an ideal setting-off point for exploring the glorious countryside around Wool.