We are delighted to announce that the Cambrian Line window Seater Audio Guide has been shortlisted for a Community Rail Award in the Tourism and Leisure category, sponsored by Scenic Rail Britain.
The Community Rail Awards, now in its 19th year, recognises the important work carried out by an army, often of volunteers, who work across Britain’s rail network to make stations welcoming spaces for passengers and visitors alike. Alongside this, many of the groups carry out vital community engagement work with schools, colleges, and other local groups to help educate and secure passengers of the future, which is critical to ensuring our railways are an inclusive, sustainable, healthy way to travel.
The winners will be announced at a high-profile Awards Ceremony in Swansea on Monday 18 March 2023. The event is jointly sponsored by Great Western Railway and Transport for Wales.
Recognised as one of the World's most scenic railways, we wanted to enhance passenger journeys on the Cambrian Line by taking them beyond the views and directly into the local communities with stories of history, culture and language told by residents. Our aim for the project was also to encourage sustainable travel and support the local economy.
Following a succcesful campaign for stories along the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth and along the Wales coast to Pwllheli, the Cambrian Line Window Seater Audio Guide was officially launched on 10th August 2023.
The Window Seater App features a number of audio guides from railway lines in England and Wales, with the Cambrian Line being the first of it's kind having been created bilingually, ecouraging the use of the Welsh language and recognising our Welsh culture and identity.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the businesses and local residents for their phenomenal contribution to this project, which was funded by the Cambrian Railway Partnership, Transport for Wales and the Community Rail Development Fund.
You can find out more about the Cambrian Line Window Seater Audio Guide here.