Our Community Rail Partnerships

Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership (CRP)

Contact: blackmorevalecrp@gmail.com
Stations: Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil Junction, Crewkerne
This partnership was set up in January 2016 and its core aim is to promote the area to prospective rail passengers and to work with local people to improve the stations along the line.

Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership - East Devon Line

Contact: railpart@plymouth.ac.uk
Stations: Axminster, Honiton, Feniton, Whimple, Cranbrook, Pinhoe
The first rail partnership in the country, formed in 1991, Devon and Cornwall RP has seen great success in the promotion and growth of services across that region. The group has run innovative marketing campaigns and launched creative concepts like the ‘Munchtime Express’, showcasing local restaurants onboard Great Western’s Looe Valley Line.

SWR is delighted to work with Devon and Cornwall RP on the East Devon line, covering Exeter to Axminister.

Heart of Wessex CRP

Stations supported on our network: Upwey and Weymouth
The core objective of the partnership is to increase awareness and use of the Bristol to Weymouth services, in turn contributing to economic growth, carbon reduction and other key priorities for local authority partners.

East Hampshire CRP

Contact: info@easthampshirerail.co.uk
Stations: Liphook, Liss, Peterfield, Rowlands Castle
This partnership pays particular attention to the role of its stations as gateways to the South Downs National Park, working with it, and other local attractions, to bring more visitors to the area via trains. It also has an established hub at Petersfield station, with volunteers working to support the local community and visitors to the area.

Hounslow and Richmond CRP

Stations: Barnes Bridge, Kew Bridge, Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth, Syon Lane, Hounslow, Barnes, Mortlake, North Sheen, Richmond, St Margarets, Twickenham, Whitton, Feltham
This was the first London CRP, covering stations from Barnes to Feltham. The aim of the partnership is to build on community engagement in the area and encourage greater involvement in the stations.

Isle of Wight CRP

Contact: solentcrpbobby@gmail.com
Stations: Ryde Pier Head, Ryde Esplanade, Ryde St Johns Road, Smallbrook junction, Brading, Sandown, Lake, Shanklin
This partnership was launched in 2005, with the aim to create a more sustainable future for rail on the Island. The CRP has successfully delivered numerous projects to the benefit of the railway, its users and its partners, including the cross-solent operators.

You can also visit the Isle of Wight CRP YouTube channel for promotional films about the line and nearby areas.

Lymington to Brockenhurst CRP

Contact: solentcrpbobby@gmail.com
Stations: Lymington Pier, Lymington Town, Brockenhurst
The CRP was launched in July 2008 and over the years the partnership has worked hard to help people discover, and explore, attractions from the New Forest and Lymington, as well as connections on to the Isle of Wight.

North Downs Line (part of the Southeast Communities RP)

Contact: maddy@sussexcrp.org
Stations supported on our network: Wanborough, Ash, Wokingham, Winnersh, Winnersh Triangle, Earley
The North Downs was formed in 2017 (initially covering Gatwick to Guildford) and extended in April 2018 to cover stations up to Reading. In 2020, SWR provided funding to the CRP to have a part time officer dedicated to its stations. Key partners involved along the line are the councils as well as the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the North Downs Way.

Purbeck CRP

Contact: josephine.foley@swanagerailway.co.uk
Stations: Holton Heath, Wareham, Wool, Moreton & the Swanage Railway
Formed in conjunction with Swanage Railway, Purbeck CRP supports the ongoing project to reintroduce services from Wareham to Swanage. In June 2017, the railway reached the impressive milestone of the first passenger services from Wareham to Swanage in 45 years since the closure of the line. The CRP covers not only the Swanage line but also all four of the mainline stations between Holton Heath and Moreton.

Surrey Hills to South Downs CRP

Stations: Haslemere, Witley, Milford, Godalming, Farncombe
The newest CRP on the network covers stations which are gateways to the South Downs National Park and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The CRP grew up from the volunteer-run information hub at Haslemere station, which continues to direct visitors to local attractions. In 2020, SWR provided funding so that the CRP could employ its first ever part time line officer.

Three Rivers CRP

Contact: info@threeriversrail.com
Stations: Salisbury, Dean, Mottisfont & Dunbridge, Romsey, Millbrook, Redbridge, Southampton Central, St Denys, Swaythling, Southampton Airport, Eastleigh, Chandler's Ford, Bitterne, Woolston, Sholing, Netley, Hamble, Bursledon, Shawford, Winchester
This partnership aims to improve stations and services in the area of the rail routes that run alongside the main rivers between Salisbury, Winchester, Southampton and Bursledon – hence ‘Three Rivers’. It is a group of local authorities, residents and the train industry, working to improve local stations, promote tourism, and train and bus service integration.