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.

Meet some of our wonder adopters

We now have over 70 adopters registered with the Community Rail Network. Here’s a few examples to give you a flavour of the activities undertaken:

Art Society Guildford

This group has worked with us to create art displays at Woking, Farncombe and at the Network Rail run Guildford station. Each term, the Society collaborates with local schools to produce interesting and imaginative pieces for the SWR funded frames in the waiting rooms at each location.

The local contact has shared details with the wider Art Society, resulting in adoptions at many other stations, including Andover, Kingston and London Road.

Friends of Brockenhurst

This group fully constituted themselves in 2019, working together to add beautiful flower displays on the platforms, and outside the ticket office. They have undertaken events at the station, including a session at Christmas, delighting passengers with mince pies, and have also worked in collaboration with us to create a new history display in the waiting room.

Lilliput Sea Scout Group

Following a Try the Train session with our Community Ambassadors, the group were inspired to get further involved with us and adopt the station. They now undertake a monthly litter pick and are working on a display to promote the area’s history as part of the waiting room refurbishment undertaken by us.

Friends of Templecombe

A long established Friends group, these keen volunteers have worked hard on the disused platform at the station, creating vibrant flower displays. They also organise a monthly coffee morning in the station’s waiting room to support passengers and the local community.