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GWR offers almost £20,000 to support areas of social need in Oxfordshire

In the final year of a scheme to support community led projects, GWR has announced the latest schemes in Oxfordshire to benefit from a share of almost £770,000.

Designed to help boost local communities, up to £770,000 a year was available for three years as part of a £2.25 million Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF), and today the final successful bids for 2018 have been announced.

The fund will see two projects in Oxfordshire receive a total of £19,200 from GWR:

  • Didcot Railway Centre awarded £9,200 for access improvements

To improve access to the Didcot Railway Centre through purchase of equipment to enable disabled customers to access the museum

  • Goring Parish Council awarded £10,000 for cycle storage and repair

To install a public cycle repair stand and additional cycle shelter at the Didcot end of platform 1 at Goring & Streatley station.

With match funding, the total investment for Oxfordshire is almost £20,300.

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.

"Now in the third and final year of the £2.25 million scheme, I am delighted to be able to announce the successful applicants, and those who will benefit, this year as we continue to put our communities 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.

Didcot Railway Centre's Commercial Manager Ann Middleton,

"We are delighted to be awarded the CCIF grant for a stair climber which will allow us to welcome visitors in wheelchairs to Didcot Railway Centre. The grant will help us look at how we can improve the Centre for visitors with disabilities and we are grateful to Didcot Access Group for their support."

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.

A full list of the successful schemes across the GWR network can be found at

Posted: Wed, 27 Jun 2018 10:13 by Admin Assistant

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