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:


Tolworth has recently delivered a dinosaur hunt, a pop-up beach called 'Costa Del Tol' - which included around 10 tonnes of sand being made into a temporary beach at the side of the station, for children and weary commuters to enjoy. This year they also celebrated the 50th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust with a range of events from Waterloo Station to the Tolworth Car Park.

Optalis - Windsor & Eton Riverside

Optalis have adopted Windsor & Eton Riverside station. They have put some planters on the platforms, and even delivered SWR colleagues and members of the local community a big lunch on the station concourse in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The Bee Friendly Trust

Barnes, Richmond, and Putney stations have all been adopted by a group called the Bee Friendly Trust. They specialise in planters with flowers that help bees thrive.