As Martin mentioned earlier this evening, we held a meeting at Wirksworth Hall called (somewhat grandly) “The Destination Wirksworth Business and Partner Event”. The purpose was to promote Destination Wirksworth to local businesses and councils by presenting the offering and describing how we could work together.
I must confess that at 11:45 I thought we were going to be presenting to ourselves, but at midday we had nearly 50 people in the audience and in the space of 90 minutes we had made five presentations and even held a brief workshop on how to move forward.
Two presentations stood out: Tom Tait gave a superb précis of the economic benefits of private railways on the local economy, while we were fortunate to have no less a person than David Horne, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains speak to the audience on their perspective of our little line. One fascinating detail was how the combination of an hourly service frequency and connections with our services have more than doubled passenger numbers at Duffield since 2008.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day I was interviewed at Ashbourne Radio regarding Destination Wirksworth, so if you listen-in to that fine local station, be sure to tune-in on Thursday!
Finally, to follow Martin’s picture from earlier, I enclose a snap for you all to see. It is from a proof of May’s pocket timetable, published by EMT, for the Nottingham and Derby to Matlock train service. I am pleased to report that our services will be included in that timetable and the picture shows a very nice detail. Just look at the signpost!