Adopt a station


ACoRP – the Association of Community Rail Partnerships – is the membership body for almost 50 CRPs (community rail partnerships), representing over 80 community rail lines across the UK, as well as more than 1,000 station adoption groups.

A Station Adoption Toolkit has been produced by ACoRP for groups who wish to get started with Station Adoption at their local station.  There is also a Community Rail Café ( where you will find a lot of information posted by Station Adopters nationwide.   We can advise on setting up groups and provide model constitutions.  ACoRP members also have a Small Grants Fund which is mainly aimed at pump priming small projects at stations.

For more information see ACoRP’s website 

How Northern can help

Lots more groups and individuals are getting involved in caring for their local station in various ways.  A number of stations on Cumbria’s Community Rail lines are supported by local people who are active in looking after their local station which is such an important part of the community.  Even if you only have an hour a week or longer to spare then you can make a real difference to your station environment; meet new people and get fitter!

Brightening up the stations can range from a bit of gardening work or keeping an eye open for any maintenance issues at the station to more adventurous projects like setting up planters, organising artwork or even aspects of station building restoration.  Any ideas from registered groups that would make a station more attractive will be welcomed.  The number of local stations that are supported by ‘Friends’ groups are continuing to grow. Community Rail Cumbria, over the last year, has achieved increases in the numbers of the ‘Friends’ groups – local people who are helping to look after their railway station.  The Cumbrian Coast Line now has 76% of its stations with Friends Groups; the Furness Line 80% and the Lakes Line 100%.

Developing a strong sense of community ownership of a local station resource reduces anti-social behaviour and helps bring the station into the heart of the community it serves. We particularly welcome diverse groups, wider community groups and groups of individuals. Read more here regarding Northern’s Station Adoption Guidance.

If you are interested in finding out more regarding Station Adoption contact:    or