Station Adoption

Making our stations more welcoming with our community

If you’re looking to adopt your local station, we’re happy to help support you!

You might want to add planters, create art displays, set up a book swap, or even work with us to create a community hub within a station building. We welcome established volunteer/community groups, charities, local authorities, businesses, or  new groups set up specifically to adopt a station.

If you chose to adopt your local station, we’ll support you by:

  • Working 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 Association of Community Rail Partnership (ACoRP) – giving access to our fund, which is administered by ACoRP, as well as the 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 pleased to continue to support and develop with them, as well as working with new communities across our network to form new partnerships.

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

Meet the latest adopter

We’re delighted to welcome the latest station adopter to our ever-growing community rail family.

Friends of Brockenhurst station (FOBS) is now the official adoption group for Brockenhurst station, and in recognition of their efforts, we've supported the group to become a registered member of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), the national body for community rail.

Over the last two years FOBS has helped improve the station by planting several floral displays on the platform and near the entrance to the ticket office. The group is now helping SWR with its plans to enhance the waiting room ambience between platforms 3 and 4, and designing new displays for the walls that recognise the history of the station, the local community, as well as raise the profile of their group.

SWR’s Community Rail Manager, Andy Harrowell, said:
“We are committed to bringing our services closer to the communities they serve, and that includes encouraging more local groups to adopt stations. FOBS has undertaken excellent work at the station and I’m delighted that we can recognise their efforts.

“We now have 22 ACoRP registered station adopters and hope that people will either get involved in one of these groups or consider adopting their own station.”

John Wingham, who co-ordinated the adoption of the station, said:
“Brockenhurst Station has been at the heart of our community for more than 150 years. FOBS wants to encourage and develop a closer relationship with the rail industry, working towards improvements that promote sustainable travel, passenger experiences and bringing people together."