Station Adoption has been one of the many successes of the Community Rail movement over the last few years. Groups have been formed from Penmere to Girvan and many places in between.
- On these web pages you will find a list of all groups known to us (for data protection reasons we are unable to post contact details for groups, but if you wish to get in touch with a particular group please contact Dawn Wolrich at the ACoRP office who will be able to help),
- contact details of train operating companies who operate Station Adoption schemes,
- case studies of successful groups
What is Station Adoption?
The definition ACoRP uses is the involvement of two or more individuals or organisations from outside the railway industry in the management and/or operation of a station.
Adoption is most common in Britain among small and medium-sized stations. Adoption is most common at unstaffed stations, although many staffed stations have adopters too. It must be remembered that many ‘staffed’ stations are only manned for part of the time, for example only for a single morning or daytime shift, with no staff present in the evenings or for most or all of the weekend.
Generally a key aim of the group is to improve the ambience of the station and its environs, thereby making it safer, more secure and more attractive and encouraging more people to use it. Incresingly a secondary aim is to promote the train service locally, using methods such as events, simple leaflets, and presentations to community groups.
How can ACoRP help?
We have produced a Station Adoption Toolkit for groups who wish to get started with Station Adoption at their local station, we run a Google Discussion Group for station adopters, have regular station adoption articles in our printed quarterly magazine Train Times and our members email update Train on Line.
We can advise on setting up groups and provided model constitutions. ACoRP members after a period of time have access to our Small Grants Fund which is mainly aimed at pump priming small projects at stations. We have also updated a members funding guide which can be downloaded through the members section of the website.
How do I join ACoRP as a Station Adoption Group?
First check the members listing click here to see if you have a Community Rail Partnership (CRP) on your line. If you do, contact them first, they can access the services of ACoRP for you.
If you do not have a CRP then you can join ACoRP as a Station Adoption Group and get access to all the ACoRP services. This costs £25.00 + VAT per year. A membership form can be downloaded here.
How do I contact the right person at ACoRP?
The dedicated day to day contact is Dawn Wolrich you can email her by clicking on the box below.
To contact other members of the ACoRP team visit the people page click here