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Gainsborough station sign

Area: Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire
Interests: Bus, rail

GRaB (Gainsborough Retford and Brigg Bus and Rail Users Group) covers rail and bus issues in North Notts and northern Lincolnshire.

Formed in 2012 to campaign for the restoration of a local bus service, achieved very quickly, GRaB has since campaigned successfully for a bus service to Doncaster (commenced in April 2015) and for improvements to rail services. 

Ongoing bus campaigns are for an additional town bus service, the introduction of Sunday bus services, and the restoration of route116 between Gainsborough and Brigg (withdrawn in 1974)

GRaB had hoped that a Sunday bus service to Lincoln could start in April 2016 along with the extra town service but in January 2016 Lincolnshire County Council announced their intention of making massive cuts to bus services across the county.

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Latest news

September 2017: Barry Coward of GRaB has had this column published in the Gainsborough Standard, promoting the new travel guide.

September 2017: North Notts and Lincs Community Rail Partnership has responded to the Department for Transport's public consultation for the next East Midlands Rail Franchise. 

2017: In February GRaB spawned the North Notts and Lincs Community Rail Partnership. NNLCRP is the UK's 55th community rail partnership. Unlike the others it has been created by rail users rather than train operating companies and councils. In NNLCRP's short history we have already made some achievements: 

  • At Lincoln station our station adopter, Lincoln Rotary, has been busy planting and decorating
  • We have managed to get Network Rail and  Northern Rail to promise  to improve Worksop station
  • VTEC are on the way to sorting out Retford

Here is a column written by Barry Coward of NNLCRP for the Gainsborough Standard. Since then Northern Rail has written to say they need funding from local authorities to cover the loss that extending trains to Gainsborough Central will incur.

December 2016: The creation of the Community Rail Partnership has progressed. Find out all of the details in this newsletter. But should the 'Community Rail Partnership' instead be called an 'Integrated Transport Partnership', to reflect a wider brief involving integration of transport modes? This discussion paper examines this question.

Front cover of Gainsborough Travel Guide

July 2016: GRaB produce the first ever Gainsborough Travel Guide listing bus and train times in one easy guide (pictured right), kindly designed for us by Stagecoach East Midlands and funded by donations. It will be distributed to homes in the town during August by National Citizen Service volunteers.

Map of proposed Community Rail Partnership areaJune 2016: Following a workshop hosted for us by Bassetlaw District Council we are  actively pursuing the formation of a Community Rail Partnership, with the active participation of local bus operator Stagecoach as well as train operating companies. The CRP will cover 11 stations (see diagram, left)

May 2016:  Following a request from GRaB inter available tickets between bus 98 and EMT trains are introduced for journeys between Gainsborough and Doncaster. This is an extraordinary good value offer. For a family  of 2 adults and 3 children it costs just £10 for freedom to roam on Stagecoach buses in Notts, Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, the  Sheffield Super tram and return to Gainsborough by East Midland Trains from Doncaster.

January 2016: Campaign for Better Transport interviewed Barry Coward from GRaB about how local campaign groups can help to publicise local rail and bus services.