Station Adoption

Station adoption has been one of the many successes of the community rail movement. More than 1,000 adoption groups have been formed nationwide.

As well as engaging thousands of people in volunteering, the groups have brought people together creating a sense of pride by locals about their stations and communities. These groups play a critical role in making their stations welcoming, pleasant and attractive places for everyone. Often their work extends beyond basic upkeep, incorporating community gardening and food growing, local arts projects, and workshops and visits with children and young people’. Community Rail Network

Community volunteer wheeling barrow up to platform
Community Rail Network logo
Members of Bentham Dementia Friendly Charity Displaying banner on station platform
Picture of Kent CRP Sheppey College volunteers
Two community rail volunteers cleaning up garden area

Benefits of station adoption

Adding value to communities, making their stations welcoming and attractive. This can have added benefits, such as encouraging use of the railway and breaking down barriers to sustainable travel, and helping to reduce vandalism.