SCOTRAIL PARTNERS WITH FOUNDATION SCOTLAND TO AWARD £90K TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Today, ScotRail announced its partnership with Foundation Scotland, which will manage the train operator’s £90,000 fund to help local communities flourish across Scotland.

Over the course of the next year, the ScotRail Foundation will distribute grants across three separate areas; Community Fund, Cultural and Arts Fund, and Employee Charitable Giving Fund.

Community groups can apply for grants from the £40,000 Community Fund. Awards from £250 to £5,000 can be used to support children and young people, and to improve the environment or general health of communities.

The Cultural and Arts Fund* – launched in November 2015 as part of the ‘ScotRail in the Community’ scheme – will also award £40,000 to charities, individuals and local groups that promote creativity, the arts, community recreation, sports themes and other cultural activity, as well as celebrate Scotland’s cultural heritage in its full diversity. Applicants can request grants of up to £5,000.

The remaining £10,000 has been set aside for ScotRail’s Employee Charitable Giving Fund, where ‘match funding’ will be awarded to staff members who raise money on behalf of their own special causes – up to £250 for each application.

Elaine Bell, ScotRail’s head of corporate social responsibility, said: “We believe we are much more than just a train operator, and that we have a responsibility to try and improve and connect local communities.

“Launching this fund will create many opportunities for groups and individuals across the country, and we want to see lots of eligible hopefuls apply.

“The ScotRail Foundation will enable us to provide financial support to local communities across Scotland for many years to come.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “We know culture and the arts can tackle inequalities, empower people and transform lives. The Scottish Government is working hard to widen access to the arts, ensuring people of all ages can enjoy and participate in cultural activity and experience our heritage.

“The ScotRail Foundation demonstrates an ongoing commitment to ensuring that communities across Scotland are supported to create and participate, so that all the hard work and imagination that contribute to the cultural life of our communities is recognised and rewarded. I encourage charities, individuals and local groups to apply for funding.”

Foundation Scotland* – an independent charity with almost 20 years of grant making experience – has been appointed to manage the fund on behalf of ScotRail.

Giles Ruck, CEO Foundation Scotland said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the ScotRail Foundation to deliver this new fund supporting communities across Scotland.

“I am sure the combination of our grant-making experience and ScotRail’s commitment to supporting local communities will ensure this new fund will create a lasting legacy for future generations.”

To apply, or to find out more about the above Funds, please visit:  www.foundationscotland.org.uk/scotrail 

Later Festival Train

ScotRail is currently running a later train for people travelling back to East Lothian from the Edinburgh festivals.

 

Until Sunday 28 August, a later train will run on Friday and Saturdays to North Berwick (with a bus connection at Drem to Dunbar). The train will depart Edinburgh Waverley at 00:06. The bus will depart Drem at 00:42.

See additional info at scotrail.co.uk/majorevents

RAGES OPEN MEETING AT PRESTONPANS

RAGES has organised an open meeting and invited Phil Verster, Managing Director of ScotRail Alliance, to discuss the current and future operation of the Edinburgh to North Berwick and Dunbar service and the future service to Berwick.  The meeting will be held in Prestonpans Town Hall on 25th July 2016 at 19:00 until 21:00.

All members are invited to attend.  There will be set questions compiled by the committee, but there should be ample time for questions from the floor.

Members can also invite friends, neighbours or fellow travellers who have an interest in this service.  Entry is free, but there will be the opportunity for non-members to join RAGES at the usual subscription of £4 per annum!

The Town Hall address is: New Street, PRESTONPANS, EH32 9JW.  New Street is off the High Street (B1348)

RAGES hopes to see you there.

Russell Darling

Rail Action Group, East of Scotland
www.rages.org.uk

Scotrail strike days!

UPDATE 16.6.16: See Scotrail’s dedicated travel advice site here: bit.ly/1UQfpyy

 

RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a campaign of strike action and industrial action short of a strike over the extension of Driver Only Operation and Driver Controlled operation on Scotrail.

The action will commence as follows;

Strikes

•    0001 hours and 2359 hours Tuesday 21st June 2016
•    0001 hours and 2359 hours Thursday 23rd June 2016
•    0001 hours Saturday 25th June 2016 and 2359 hours Sunday 26th June 2016
•    0001 hours to 2359 hours Sunday 3rd July 2016
•    0001 hours to 2359 hours Sunday 10th July 2016
•    0001 hours to 2359 hours Sunday 17th July 2016

Action Short of a strike (Overtime Ban)

•    0001 hours and 2359 hours Wednesday 22nd June 2016
•    0001 hours and 2359 hours Friday 24th June 2016
•    0001 hours on Monday 27th June 2016 and 2359 hours Saturday 2nd July 2016
•    0001 hours on Monday 11th July 2016 and 2359 hours Saturday 16th July 2016
•    0001 hours on Monday 18th July 2016 and 2359 hours Saturday 16th July 2016

Read about the RMT campaign to keep guards on Scotrail trains here.

Your Railway, Your Say

Any commuters on the North Berwick to Edinburgh peak time trains can attest to the overcrowding and unreliability of the ticket machines.

ScotRail has launched The Platform – an online panel to give you a chance to have your say on how Scotland’s railway is run.

To register, you will need to complete a few short questions about yourself and how you currently get out and about. Once you have registered you can then take part in your first survey!

You might also be interested in joining rail pressure group RAGES, which has as one its aims “To improve the rail service between Edinburgh, Dunbar and Berwick upon Tweed.”.  Membership is only £4 and you will be kept up to date with the latest rail developments.