7th Aug, 2020

Station adoptions gathering pace as Bromsgrove Rail User Group is extended to Redditch

RAILWAY stations throughout Bromsgrove district and Redditch look set to become more welcoming places and play a bigger role in their communities as the process to adopt them gathers pace.

Many groups have already put plans in place for their local station and Peter Chapman, the Community Rail Partnership Officer for Worcestershire, said there was a considerable amount of cash from funding streams to tap into to get their projects off the ground.

“There is a range of things that can be done at stations.

“It’s about communities using them for events and other activities so everybody can enjoy their local station and what volunteers have created there.”

Stations can be decorated, artwork created, gardening schemes introduced and public events staged.

Just down the line in Northfield children designed a piece of art for one of the platforms and planters were installed containing fruit and herbs.

Keep Bromsgrove Beautiful is in the process of adopting the town’s station there and an information meeting about the scheme has been organised for April 25.

At Redditch there are plans to create a community tapestry where any person, group or organisation can make a square for the overall piece.

The project, being led by Woolly Mammoth Stitch Works CIC, is currently on hold because of the coronavirus movement restrictions but funding is in place and when they are lifted it will resume.

A meeting about Barnt Green’s station adoption has been scheduled for the end of April.

Alvechurch Village Society is leading the station adoption in the village, along with Alvechurch and Bordesley Nursery School which is based in the old station building.

There will also be support from the local National Garden Scheme representative.

It comes as Bromsgrove Rail User Group (BRUG) is extended to become Bromsgrove and Redditch Rail User Partnership (BARRUP).

The group will provide representation for passengers using Barnt Green, Alvechurch and Redditch stations.

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