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Station partnerships

When Southern and the community join in a station partnership, everyone wins. See how you can get involved.

How partnerships work

A station partnership is a group of volunteers who come together to work with us on improving how one of our stations serves its local area. It’s an ongoing relationship that benefits everyone involved and creates links with local communities.

There’s a great variety of projects, but all are designed to benefit the community, the station and our passengers.

Examples include:

Success stories

Station partnerships give passengers a better experience, foster a sense of pride and ownership for everyone who uses the station, and can reduce anti-social behaviour too. For volunteers it’s a chance to take an active role in the community, offering real social benefits as well as providing a real sense of achievement.

Cheam

The youngsters and staff of the nearby Glaisdale Day Nursery have worked with Southern to install new art displays and create new flower displays at Cheam station. The art work is continually rotated with new designs from the children and the staff bring along small groups to tend the flowers.

Clare Masters, from the nursery, said: “Our children love visiting Cheam station and it sounded like a perfect way to involve them more, rather than just watching the trains go past. Many of our parents use the station for their commute into London and are so pleased to see their children's art work displayed in the waiting room.

“We have already had wonderful feedback from members of the community who have seen us at the station with groups of children putting art work up and tending to the plants, they have said it has already brightened the station. We look forward to a long relationship with Cheam Station and hope to get our other two nurseries involved with the scheme at their local stations.”

London Road (Brighton)

The dynamic London Road (Brighton) station partnership wasted no time getting stuck in. In their very first year they:

  • planted a shady triangle on the south side of the station building
  • launched their edible garden and orchard
  • held community events such as apple tree-planting ceremonies and an apple-themed lunch
  • expanded into the community by working with other organisations such as the Brighton Permaculture Trust, Harvest and Brighton Garden Gadabout

The group keeps locals engaged by detailing their action plans, their produce and their work days on their blog

Newhaven Town

Newhaven Councillor Simon Barnes brought together a group of local business people to brighten up Newhaven Town station. Partners including Paradise Park, a family run garden centre, and Burleys, part of the TCL group, created a collection of six large wooden planters, which added colour and beauty to the station.

Councillor Barnes said: “I am delighted with how well everyone has worked together to improve the look of the station, and this is just the beginning of the plans.”

Uckfield

The Brighter Uckfield team adopted their local station, taking on responsibility for the green areas and even setting up a herb garden from which anyone can help themselves.