‘Community Rail’ is a government strategy supported by the rail industry: it is a unique form of partnership working in which we engage with, for example, residents, schools, businesses and local authorities, to improve our railway for communities and customers.
Our community rail projects help communities be part of their local railway, from re-establishing station gardens and using art to improve stations as community gateways, to making creative use of old station buildings.
This community rail project at Stone station captured the talent of a group of local amateur artists to create a modern version of the traditional railway travel poster for exhibition at the station.
Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs)
Community Rail Partnerships are groups of dedicated people who work with us and local authorities to promote local rail routes and improve stations, rail services, bus links and access, so playing a key part in local regeneration.
We support three award-winning CRPs:
Marston Vale Line
This is the Bletchley to Bedford line, find out more at: marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk. Check out our Marston Vale destinations guide.
This line runs from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey, find out more at: abbeyline.org.uk. Check out our Abbey Line destinations guide.
North Staffordshire Line
This runs fro Crewe to Derby, find out more at northstaffsrail.org.uk
Our brand new partnership with North Staffordshire CRP, unique to community rail nationally, is enabling us to further extend the benefits of community rail to some of our Staffordshire stations bordering the Crewe route.
New North Staffordshire Partnership Officer Marika Latham with Faye Lambert, Head of Community Rail
Through a further partnership with communities, many stations around our network are supported by ‘station adopters’, local volunteers who keep a watchful eye at their station and help us by reporting in faults and also by transforming station platforms through planting flower displays and tending garden areas.
A number of our stations also have ‘station friends’ groups; as well as working to improve their stations, these groups also work closely with their communities to engage new partners, promote the station and develop specific projects that make a difference to the whole community.
We look forward to welcoming you as a new adopter, to find out how to join our Adopt a Station scheme and be a big part of your local railway, you can find out more on the Adopt a station page