Communities

Working with your community

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It is vital to us to be at the heart of your communities. Transport is a very localised business, and we’re committed to contributing to, and supporting your neighbourhoods.

We’ll be running a number of community initiatives throughout our network, over the course of the franchise, including:

  • Support for local community rail partnerships
  • Support for community station partnerships
  • Supporting local charities
  • Working with the Prince’s Trust to give young people work experience
  • Working with schools using Go-Learn educational material
  • Giving young people work through our apprenticeship and graduate trainee schemes
  • Our Community Investment Programme, including projects such as:
    • Sponsoring local projects for young people
    • Exhibition space at our stations for local art colleges
    • Making space in stations available to local groups
    • Supporting staff-nominated charities
    • Using stations as places of refuge for young people in danger
    • Try the Train days for people with learning and mobility impairments
    • Working with partners to identify new local suppliers

To keep the communities we serve up-to-date with our progress, we publish a sustainability report every year. Our reports cover a variety of topics such as society, customers, our people and finance.

In July 2015 Thameslink and Great Northern were integrated with Southern and the Gatwick Express. This year's report reflects work undertaken across all four services, during the period up to us joining together.

Highlights from the 2016 report include:

  • 60+ station partnerships across the network
  • 6,503 children benefitted from a Go-Learn education session
  • 9 industry awards won by staff
  • £44,991 of payroll giving by our teams
  • 248 stakeholder events

Sustainability Reports:

PDF Sustainability Report 2016 (3.3mb)