GWR offers £34,880 to support areas of social need in South Wales

A scheme in South Wales will benefit from a share of almost £770,000 in the second year of a Great Western Railway communities improvement fund to support areas of social need.

Designed to help boost local communities, up to £770,000 a year is available for three years as part of a £2.25 million Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF), and today successful bids for April 2017 have been announced.

The fund will see South West Wales Local Authorities awarded £34,880 for Phase 2 of ‘Train Training’ which seeks to provide training for primary school children across South West Wales about the safety of the railway.

With match funding, the total investment for South Wales is over £43,000.

GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood said:

“We are committed to improving the journeys of our passengers, as well as the economic prosperity and social footprint of the regions and communities we serve.”

“We had many responses from those in our communities looking for help, and I am delighted to be able to announce the schemes that have been successful in this second year of funding; helping to put our people, our customers, at the forefront of what we do.”

All the proposals were presented to a panel of representatives from GWR’s Customer Panel (made up of local customers), the Advisory Board (made up of local stakeholders), and the executive management team. Final recommendations were then put to the Department for Transport (DfT) for approval.

Supported by the DfT, the Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF) was established to recognise and back projects identified by the communities where GWR operates, with projects requiring local authority match funding.

With match funding a requirement of successful bids, over £2 million has been committed to good causes.

Further information on CCIF can be found at

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