Adopt a station
Give back to the community
Adopt a station and help make a difference to everyone who walks through its doors – from the daily commuters to the occasional holiday goers.
What is a station adopter?
Local train stations are at the heart of the community and we'd like all our stations to be welcoming, clean and well maintained. Many of our stations are unstaffed and we’re not always able to visit each one as much as we would like. That’s where station adoption comes in.
Station adopters are volunteers who help out at their local station. From keeping an eye out for any unusual activity and reporting any faults and issues, to maintaining the gardens and making sure the station is presentable, they make a huge difference to every single passenger. They are supported by a local station management team.
Why become a station adopter?
It's a fun and rewarding way to get involved with the local community, and you’ll also be able to travel for free with us.
If you join the Station Adoption team, you’ll receive a complimentary travel pass if you need to travel between your home station and adoption station. You’ll receive four leisure travel tickets throughout the year too, for yourself and a friend.
You’ll also be able to park at the station for free, and will be invited to attend an annual meeting for all our station adopters across the network, along with a variety of other events.
What sort of work is involved?
Work will vary from station to station, but will always follow our safety brief. The scope of works will always be agreed in advance with the station management team. Generally though, you’ll be carrying out tasks such as:
- Gardening and landscaping
- Painting to cover graffiti
- Reporting faults or vandalism
Station adopters don't carry out repairs to structural elements of buildings or station fixtures, to lighting, electrical fixtures, gas or water, or conduct any sort of work on the tracks or level crossing.
How can I get involved?
We welcome station adoption at the EMR-managed stations around the network. To see which stations we look after, check our route map.
Complete our online form to register your interest and our Station Adoption team will be in touch.