It is all about ensuring communities get the most from their railways. Working alongside local, regional and national partners, community rail partnerships and groups around the country aim to play an important role in social inclusion, community wellbeing and economic development, and promote rail as a key part of sustainable, healthy travel.
There are nearly 70 community rail partnerships around Britain, working along railway routes to connect communities with the railway, train operator and other partners. We deliver a range of activities to engage and benefit local people and support the development of the railway. You can see where Britain’s community railway lines are, region by region, and their main attractions, on the Scenic Rail Britain site.
There are also more than 1,000 smaller community rail groups, such as station friends or adoption groups, or social enterprises, who involve volunteers in ensuring the station is a welcoming and productive hub for the community.
Further details about community rail can be found on the Community Rail Network website.