Station ‘adopters’ sought by rail company

Volunteers needed to help improve Enfield Lock, Brimsdown and Meridian Water stations

A station adopter watering a planter on a rail station platform (credit Greater Anglia)
A station adopter watering a planter on a rail station platform (credit Greater Anglia)

Rail firm Greater Anglia is appealing for community volunteers to get involved with their local railway stations to “help drive improvements and make them more welcoming” for passengers.

The company is looking for people who would like to volunteer at Brimsdown, Enfield Lock and Meridian Water stations, along the Lea Valley Line in the east of the borough.

The train operator hopes that individuals, community organisations or local councils with an interest in improving their local rail station and bringing it into the heart of the community will come forward with their ideas.

Greater Anglia provides funding to help cover the costs of small projects, tools and materials to help improve the station environment.

Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s customer and community engagement manager, who runs the station adoption initiative said: “We’d love to see every station on the network adopted as it makes such a positive difference when the community is actively involved in their local station.

“Station adoption creates mutually beneficial relationships and dialogue to help us understand what improvements are important to local people, and promotes civic pride and wellbeing by bringing people together and enhancing public spaces.”

The station adoption initiative started in 2003 and enables individuals or groups to adopt their local railway station and contribute to its presentation and welfare for the benefit of the local community.

The voluntary scheme was originally created to improve lines of communication between the train operator and station users however, over the years it has grown to become much more, with station adopters now playing an active role in keeping stations looking good through gardening projects that create an attractive welcome and support local wildlife and biodiversity, creative community art projects and taking part in station ‘health checks’.

Over the years, station adopters have played a key role in raising money for new initiatives, such as improved waiting facilities or planting beautiful station gardens.

If you are interested in volunteering with Greater Anglia:
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