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.

A number of these suppliers are able to offer preferential rates to Community Rail Network members, so do tell them that you’ve been given their details by Community Rail Network. Please be aware that although Community Rail Network and other community rail organisations have had a positive experience of working with these companies, individual members are responsible for ensuring they are appropriate for their needs and any business relationship they have with them.

If you know of another supplier who should be included in this list, especially if they are able to offer a specific preferential rate for Community Rail Network members, please get in touch with us


Russell-Cooke Solicitors

Russell-Cooke are a solicitors firm who have experience of working with Network Rail.

Contact: Clare Garbett

2 Putney Hill, London SW15 6AB

Tel: 020 8394 6487



Anthony Collins Solicitors

Anthony Collins work with a wide range of third sector and not-for-profit organisations and have considerable experience working on a range of community projects.

Contact: Laura Mynott

134 Edmund Street, Birmingham B3 2ES

Tel: 0121 214 3685,





AHR offer advice and assistance on planning issues and processes, advice on compliance with building regulations and general advice on building maintenance, repairs and renovations. They can also project manage small works and repair programmes.

Contact: David Barker

Norwich Union House, High Street, Huddersfield HD1 2LF

Tel: 01484 537411,



Insurance brokers

More details on insurance can be found in Community Rail Network’s insurance guidance.

JM Glendinning Insurance Brokers

JM Glendinning work with a number of CRPs and station groups, as well as providing Community Rail Network with its own insurance. They are happy to work with groups to identify the specific requirements for their group and find the best price.

Contacts: Mark Browne or Adrian Plowman,

Bullhouse Mill, Lee Lane, Millhouse Green, Sheffield S36 9NN

Tel: 01226 761195

Email: or


HR advice

Peninsula Business Services

Peninsula offers a range of support and advice on HR matters including employment law, health and safety, HR, employment tribunals, as well as a host of other resources. They are able to offer Community Rail Network members a free consultation to review any of these areas and discuss with you any longer term requirements you may have.

Contact: Christopher Hibbert on

Tel: 0161 836 9113


Please mention that you have been referred by Community Rail Network as you will then pay Community Rail Network a referral fee if you subsequently pay them for ongoing support.



NatWest do not have any specific offers for Community Rail Network members, but community rail groups have given positive feedback on the use of their community bank account service.

The current account caters for not-for-profit limited companies, clubs and societies, churches and places of worship, registered and unregistered charities, charitable incorporated organisations and non-personal trusts.

Benefits can include 18 months free banking for start-up organisations (subject to status), 24/7 online and phone banking services, and cheque and paying-in books. The bank also provides an online guide detailing the steps you need to go through to open the account.

Contact: Go to or visit your local Nat West branch.

Triodos Bank

Triodos have a range of bank accounts for charities and businesses and are used by a number of community businesses with a turnover of more than £,5000. They are an ethical bank that will only work with organisations with a similar ethos. Triodos Bank do not have any branches however you can manage your account online, by post or through their Bristol-based call centre.