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Working with Communities

Community Rail Partnerships work with their communities to connect local people to their railways, improve health and wellbeing through an increased sense of ownership and opportunities to get involved. Building a sense of place and improve social and economic development through sustainable tourism and travel.

We actively encourage those living, working, or attending school, college or university or around local stations to become actively involved with improving their stations and shaping the future of local rail travel.

We welcome suggestions, ideas and connections from local communities and organisations.

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Current community programmes and events:

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Station Adoption


‘What is station adoption?’ You may ask. It’s when a group of thoughtful volunteers, an existing community, group or organisation adopt a train station, getting involved in enhancing the station's use to benefit the local community.


At least 1,000 of these adopters or ‘station friends’ groups have been set up across the UK, covering well over a third of Britain’s train stations. Some of our stations in the Gloucestershire network are still to be adopted. 


Would you like to join an existing group activity, adopt a station or find out more?



Connecting Communities 


We engage with communities, stakeholders, and transport providers to ensure that local needs and opportunities for integrated, sustainable travel are addressed through tailored resources, events, and collaborative efforts.

We have developed an Inclusive Community Engagement model that is used to develop new ways to talk about transport, accessibility and connectivity, allowing us to gain genuine insights into access needs of Gloucestershire residents. 

Get in touch if you'd like to find out more about our Connecting Communities programme; We want to empower local communities to take active on travel and access matters that are most significant to them. 

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Spotlight - Station Adoption

Stonehouse in Bloom


We are incredibly grateful to all our station adopters across our network who dedicate their time to improving our station environments. Our station adopters at Stonehouse, Stonehouse in Bloom, have won gold in the RHS Heart of England in bloom competition for five years in a row.


They have created a Station Master's Garden which is now a Community Grow & Share Space with a large raised filled with mixed planting of flowers, fruit and veg, and passers-by are invited to help themselves. The space is also used as an education area, teaching young people gardening skills & knowledge!



If you are running a community group relating to transport and tourism and would like to pop details here, please get in touch with us - we would love to help!


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GCRP Community Exhibitions

We support the development of community exhibitions by local people at Gloucester, Stroud, Stonehouse and Cam & Dursley stations. If you have an idea or would like to get involved, email 

The exhibitions housed at our galleries connect people and communities served by Gloucestershire’s nine rail stations and align with our organisational values. 

Previous exhibitions have included focusing on mental health and nature, climate change and GCRP's black history project. 

You can find out more by clicking the button below! 

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