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Get people involved

Even if you’ve never tried it before, community involvement on your line is possible – and will reap many benefits.

Rail is special. It captures the imagination and inspires affection and dedication in a way that other forms of public transport do not. This puts the railway in a great position to engage all sections of society.

By working with schools, students, businesses, volunteers and other audiences, you can bring the railway to life. Getting people involved can help you to:

  • Make stations more welcoming and attractive
  • Create a railway that has a local identity and that inspires pride
  • Introduce new audiences to rail travel
  • Harness local energy and insights
  • Support the economy

Who do you want to work with?


If you’re finding this toolkit useful, join our online network, the Community Rail Cafe at It’s quick and free to join, and is a great place to make new contacts, ask questions and share best practice.