We’re committed to supporting and working with local communities along the route and want to maximise the benefits of East West Rail. During our construction works, this has included teams and contractors helping out at local schools and sports clubs to support with vital DIY and repairs.
The construction work is being carried out by the East West Rail Alliance (EWRA), which EWR Co oversees. Here is an example of some of the DIY work their volunteers delivered last autumn at Grendon Underwood Combined School in Aylesbury.
In October last year, five volunteers from the EWRA got together to carry out a number of DIY activites at Grendon Underwood Combined School in Aylesbury. Despite the rain, with excellent team work and out-of-the-box thinking, Mark James, Hussam Khaznadar, Patrick Sakpere, Jose Chicharro and Danny Miller successfully carried out a number of DIY tasks for the school.
- Putting up a roof in the reception area so that the children would not get wet in the rain
- Installing drainage for the nursery and forest school mud kitchen
- Relocating the phonics and archive filing cupboards
- Removing the old (broken) classroom organ and
- Reweaving the school’s willow tree tunnel.
In the Easter holiday, a team from the Alliance and their contractors will return to the school to install a new fence round the Forest School site, complete with basketball hoop and football goal.
Wendy Kerr, a Year 1 teacher at the school said:
'The helpers were amazing!! I actually can't thank you and your team enough for what you all did last week. I know, to you, some of them seem like silly little jobs but they have already made so much difference to the lives of the kids as well as to those who look after and clean up after them!!!’.
Beth McLaren, the Headteacher at the school said:
‘Thank you SO much for organising and supervising this, you are a star! It's much appreciated and completely wonderful. Many thanks to the team at EWRA, we are very grateful!’