Station adoption has been one of the many successes of the community rail movement. More than 1,000 adoption groups have been formed nationwide. As well as engaging thousands of people in volunteering, bringing people together and creating pride in station and community, these groups play a critical role in making their stations welcoming, pleasant and attractive places. Often their work extends beyond basic upkeep, incorporating community gardening and food growing, local arts projects,
and workshops and visits with children and young people.

Benefits of station adoption

Adding value to communities, making their stations welcoming and attractive. This can have added benefits, such as encouraging use of the railway and breaking down barriers to sustainable travel, and helping to reduce vandalism.

Creating a sense of community inclusion, where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to make a positive difference to their community and forge lasting friendships. Volunteering is evidenced to benefit both individuals taking part and wider communities.

Creating partnerships with local schools, community groups, charities and businesses to foster a sense of community spirit and promote access to and understanding of the railway across diverse groups.

Other benefits are often achieved through specific projects, such as promoting awareness of sustainable travel or environmental issues, improving station access such as walking and cycling paths, or bringing disused station property back into community use.