South Western Railway station adoption - making our stations more welcoming with our community

Station adoption

Making our stations more welcoming with our community

We are keen to involve communities in their local station, to help the location further reflect the area it serves.

If you’re looking for a place to stretch your green fingers, make good use of some time or just help us brighten up the place for others – why not consider adopting your local station?

South Western Railway station adoption

How to adopt your station

  • We'll work with you to develop your plan
  • Providing safety training relevant to your station, so that your aspirations can be delivered safely
  • Paying for your group to join the Community Rail Network (the national body for adopters) – giving access to our fund, which is administered by them, as well as their own national grant-giving programme.
  • We’ll support your group’s work through our communication channels. 

Our station adoption groups bring great benefits to our network. We’re really proud to support so many diverse groups, and are always keen to work with new groups across our network.

You can find out more by getting in touch with Paula, our dedicated Community Rail Manager to find out more.

We are celebrating a landmark milestone as over 100 of its stations are now adopted by local community volunteers, cementing its leadership in community engagement.

Staines station in Surrey, which was named Medium Station of the Year at the National Rail Awards on Thursday 14 September, has become the 100th station to be adopted, meaning a majority of stations across SWR’s network are now supported by dedicated teams of adopters.

Station adopters are groups of volunteers who work with SWR on making the most out of their station spaces and environments and take a lead on imagining new and creative ways for their stations to better serve their communities and strengthening their place within their local area.