Community and rail station adoption

Community Rail Partnerships are a link between the railways and the communities they serve, bringing together a wide range of interests around the railway.

Local volunteer led groups such as the Station Adoption Groups help to look after the general appearance of stations throughout our network. They take care of our flower beds and shrubs, as well as generally keeping the station clean and tidy.

South Western Railway will be working with our community partners to increase our adopted stations to 50 over the next 7 years. We recognise the benefits of our Station Adoption groups, and continue to support and develop these as well as working with new communities across our network to form new partnerships.

Please get in touch if you’d like to join and become a volunteer in one of the Station Adoption Groups near to you. We always welcome more volunteers.

Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership

The Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership (CRP) was launched in 2005 with the aim to create a sustainable future for rail on the Island. The CRP has successfully delivered numerous projects to the benefit of the railway, its users and the community.

More about the Isle of Wight CRP

Lymington to Brockenhurst Community Rail Partnership

The Lymington-Brockenhurst Community Rail Partnership (LB CRP) was launched in July 2008 with formal designation granted from the DfT on the same day as the line’s 150th anniversary. The aim of the Partnership is to create a sustainable future for the rail between Lymington and Brockenhurst.

More about the Lymington-Brockenhurst CRP

Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership

Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership is a group of local authorities, local people and the train industry, working to promote our train and local bus services and doing what we can to improve our stations and services in the area of rail routes that run alongside or cross the Avon, Itchen and Test rivers – hence ‘Three Rivers’.

More about the Three Rivers CRP

East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership

Our aim is to encourage use of the train services and stations of Liphook, Liss, Petersfield and Rowlands Castle as access gateways to the South Downs National Park. Also to enable the local railway to work with local tourist attractions and the South Downs National Park to attract more visitors to the area using the trains.

More about the East Hampshire CRP

Hounslow Line Community Rail Partnership

The Hounslow Line Community Rail Partnership, the first London CRP, was launched in November 2015, covering the stations from Hounslow to Barnes Bridge. The aim of the Partnership is to build on community engagement in the area and encourage their involvement in projects at the station. Jennifer Griffiths is the CRP officer and can be contacted via email on

Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership

Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership (BVCRP) is the local rail partnership covering the stations from Tisbury to Crewkerne. The Partnership was set up in January 2016 and officially launched in Sherborne, West Dorset, in March 2016. Our core aims are to promote the area to prospective rail passengers and to work with local people to improve the stations belonging to the Partnership.

More about the BVCRP

Devon and Cornwall CRP

The first rail partnership in the country, formed in 1991, Devon and Cornwall CRP have seen incredible success in the promotion and growth of services across the region. Running innovative campaigns, they have helped more than double the number of passenger journeys on branch lines, won a number of awards at the annual Community Rail Awards, and launched innovative concepts like the ‘Munchtime Express’, showcasing local restaurants onboard the Looe Valley Line.

More about the Devon and Cornwall CRP

Purbeck CRP

Formed in conjunction with the Swanage to Wareham railway, Purbeck CRP are involved with the ongoing project to reintroduce services from Wareham to Swanage. In June 2017 we reached the impressive milestone of the first passenger services from Wareham to Swanage in 45 years since the closure of the line.

More about the Purbeck CRP