NEWS RELEASE / MEDIA INVITE from the

ISLE OF WIGHT COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP

 TravelSafe DVD Launch

Students on the Isle of Wight are putting their multi-media skills on screen to help prevent crime and reinforce safe travel on public transport.

A group of young people became assistant producers and presenters for a new DVD to promote personal safety and responsible behaviour on buses and trains.

The video is part of ‘TravelSafe’, a campaign initiated by the Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership (CRP), which was launched in 2005 and is hosted by the Isle of Wight Council.

The Isle of Wight and Lymington-Brockenhurst CRPsnow share the same Development Officer enabling the partners to work with the community more effectively.  This ensures the public are closely involved with improving passengers’ transport experience, asking those who use it to ‘Think Safe, Be Safe and TravelSafe’ across the public transport networks for the island and New Forest.

Since the 2007 campaign and launch, TravelSafe has gone from strength to strength with TravelSafe Partnerships being set up in both schools and colleges with funding from the transport providers, Police, ACoRP’s (Association of Community Rail Partnerships)Designated Community Rail Development Fund, two local authorities and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to support projects on the Isle of Wight and New Forest.

The partnerships work with agencies, the Police and service providers, to take the message of safe responsible travel across the community with projects the young people in the partnership have thought of and the CRP facilitates through secured outside funding.

Carisbrooke TravelSafe Partnership is made up of young people of mixed ages and abilities from Christ the King College, Carisbrooke High School and the Isle of Wight College and has been working on such projects for the last two years.

This included a TravelSafe Questionnaire, which gave a good overview of people’s transport experience, leading the partnership to produce a TravelSafe DVD.  This would reach a wider audience; encourage more people to use public transport reducing their carbon footprint.

Students worked closely with ‘The Knowledge Zone’ Film Company from Cowes in planning, scripting and interviewing transport managers, police officers, members of the public and young people who have been bullied on public transport. .

The DVD is accompanied by updated TravelSafe posters giving a clear message from Hampshire Constabulary on conduct, replicated on 20,000 credit card sized leaflets giving contact details for the transport providers, British Transport Police and Hampshire Constabulary.

 “This has been a great project for the students to work on, especially knowing it is being replicated off-island to benefit the wider geographical area to and encourage modal shift”. said Development Officer, Bobby Lock.  “The young people have been a pleasure to work with and we are all so proud of their achievements to date – TravelSafe Partnerships really are a great way to promote transport networks and the TravelSafe ethos to Think Safe, Be Safe and TravelSafe” she added.

The TravelSafe project is dedicated to the memory of friend and colleague Hampshire Constabulary police officer Sergeant Penny Deacon with whom the group worked closely with for the DVD project and the re-branding of the posters before she lost her fight against cancer in April this year.

News release issued for the Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership by
Bobby Lock

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