Station adoption: a guide for the local community

Station adoption: a guide for the local community has been developed by Community Rail Network to assist new station adoption groups looking to get established and existing groups that are looking for specialist information. It outlines the concept of station adoption within community rail, as well as providing guidance in areas such as establishing a new station adoption group, funding & finance, health & safety requirements, and engaging communities. Within the guide you will find examples and ideas for future development, and advice on how to get ideas off the ground, working with the rail industry.


Connected stations

Connected stations: a guide to community-led station travel planning, has been developed by the Community Rail Network and West Midlands railway as a guide and set of resources to help you work with the rail industry in delivering successful station travel plans to create ‘connected stations’ at the heart of communities and sustainable transport networks.


Station adoption community projects: using an outcomes-based approach

Our guide outlining why outcomes are helpful and important to those involved in station adoption and community rail. It offers advice on identifying outcomes and using them to plan, monitor progress, involve more people and partners, and attract funding, helping activities to be as impactful, inclusive and successful as possible.

Further station adopter resources

Constitution template for station adoption groups

An ms-word constitution template for station adoption groups.

Station volunteers checklist

Your train operator will supply you with a specific health and safety brief. Here are some useful guidelines for your group.

Suggested suppliers

Community Rail Network works with a number of suppliers who have experience of community rail and are keen to work with our members. This list covers a range of services that are of particular relevance to CRPs, station groups and community station members.

Community rail contacts

Your train operator and industry contacts for community rail.

Planting & biodiversity

Guidance from Network Rail on planting and biodiversity

Findings and thoughts from our volunteer workshops

Find out why volunteers get involved in community rail.