We need your help to make the stations a real part of the Community by welcoming individuals, groups, schools and local organisations to join ‘Friends of The Abbey Line’, our Station Adopters and volunteers group.
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.
Generally, a key aim of the group is to improve the ambience of the station and its environs, thereby making it safer, more secure, attractive and encouraging more people to use it. Members undertake a wide variety of activities ranging from feeding in comments, tidying up of litter and weeds, to provision of station enhancements such as gardens, planters, art work and signage. Increasingly a secondary aim is to promote the train service locally, using methods such as events, simple leaflets, and presentations to community groups.
As a Station Adopter you can do as ‘much or as little’ as you like with other ‘like- minded’ members. 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.
As a group you will be supported by the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership and the Train Operator.
To join the group, volunteer occassionally or as an Organisation looking for Community volunteer days, please contact the Partnership Development Officer via our Contact page.
PLEASE NOTE: under no circumstances does station adoption give you the right to go on or near the track, or to conduct activities on railway property without the permission of the relevant authorities.