A New Station for Severn Beach
Shaping the future of your local station
The Partnership hosts events at local stations designed to showcase the wide range of opportunities for getting involved with enhancing the station and influencing the future of the local rail services. Representatives from GWR, Network Rail, British Transport Police and the local authorities attend the event and participate in informal discussion on local rail issues. Events have recently been held at Oldfield Park, Severn Beach and Highbridge stations.
A floral display can considerably improve both the station environment and the mood of passengers! We rely on community volunteers - "station friends" - for most of our station work. This includes tending flower beds and shrubs, planting out, and then maintaining and watering, tubs and baskets, and generally keeping the station tidy. The work is healthy and not strenuous - and can be done either by individuals or small groups. Indeed if more arduous work is necessary, then we have an arrangement with the Probation Service for supervised offenders on the Community Payback scheme to help out.
Royal Horticultural Society It's Your Neighbourhood Awards
We encourage station volunteers to enter their station floral displays for the RHS Its Your Neighbourhood Award. This scheme recognises volunteer led community garden projects which are focussed on cleaning up and greening up the neighbourhood. A number of our stations were recognised by awards in 2014 including Oldfield Park, Yate, Weston-super-Mare and Severn Beach line stations. The Partnership has supported groups by securing funding for water butts and recycling bins at stations.
Community notice boards and information displays at stations
We have provided community notice boards at most local stations, but we rely on volunteers to keep them up-to-date and to provide the link with organisers of local events. Can you help out?
Information Boards help passengers arriving at the station and can suggest for instance local places to visit or tourist walks. An illustration of this is the comprehensive local history maps and walks provided at Bath, Oldfield Park and Keynsham stations. We encourage local organisations to approach us with ideas on broadening the range of information available at local stations.
Social enterprise, funding & help
The Partnership encourages social enterprise schemes at local stations. We have recently worked with the Strawberry Line Cafe at Yatton and with the Coffee Trike at Redland, and would welcome ideas for other railway based social enterprise schemes.
Finding the money or advice for community projects can sometimes be a problem. The Partnership can often assist with funding and advice for projects based on local stations. So do approach us with your ideas or proposals.