What is Community Rail?
Community Rail is a growing movement made up of community rail partnerships, station adoption groups and an army of volunteers from across Britain. These groups connect their communities with the railway and play a key role in delivering projects which promote inclusion, diversity, creativity, sustainable travel, as well making improvements and bringing stations back to life.
Anyone can get involved in community rail including schools, colleges, local businesses, rail passengers, youth groups and gardening groups. Volunteers can give as much time as they can manage, and the wide variety of activities mean that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Our ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme enables individuals or groups to adopt their own local railway station, to plant, paint, create and improve. Where great friendships can be made with station staff, other volunteers and members of the wider community.
As a company we are committed to getting closer to the communities we serve as this will result in us building a better railway. We are aware that we are merely custodians of much-cherished national community assets and we want to work with local people to use stations and train services to reflect and enhance community pride and prosperity.
If you are interested in ‘adopting’ your local station and would like some more information, please email: [email protected]
We work with two Community Rail Partnerships on our network:
Heart of England
The Heart of England Community Rail Partnership is supported by funding partners from the Rail Industry and the Public Sector. The officer engaged works for stations and communities across the area that encompasses over 20 stations (see map below)
The group works to develop economic and social regeneration, increase off peak rail usage and become more involved in improving “the passenger experience” at stations across the CRP network.
Established in November 2019, the Worcestershire CRP looks after the line and stations shown on the map below. Launched by an alliance of the local Rail User groups, train operating companies and local councils, the CRP works with partner organisations to increase patronage of the line, promote sustainable travel, enhance station adoption schemes and give local communities the opportunity to become more involved in their railways.
How can you get involved?
We can all help make a difference, if you want to volunteer or know of anyone in your local community, fellow passengers or workmates who would be interested in lending a hand to help make your station a special place to visit, you can email the community team: [email protected]
Adopting a Station
You can also Adopt a Station. To find out more have a read through our Adopt a Station page.
Catch up on our community teams' recent news.
A big thank you to all our current friends and adopters – why not have a read of our wonderful thank you poem, Pride of Place?
Alternatively, view the hard work our friends and adopters do through our Pride of Place: Community Action online video.