What do we do?

The East Hampshire Community Rail

Partnership aims to:

  1. Promote the train services at Liphook, Liss, Petersfield and Rowlands Castle stations.
  2. Encourage use of the train services and stations as access gateways to the South Downs National Park.
  3. Encourage partners such as local businesses, community organisations, and volunteers to become more involved with the stations and services.
  4. Enable the rail industry to work with local tourist attractions and the South Downs National Park to attract more visitors to access the area by train.
  5. Provide a means to enhancing the environment and facilities at each station.

Our activities incorporate the Department for Transport’s Community Rail Development Strategy’s 4 pillars:

  1. Providing a voice for the community
  2. Promoting sustainable, healthy and accessible travel
  3. Bringing communities together and supporting diversity and inclusion
  4. Supporting social and economic development

The full strategy can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-rail-development-strategy

East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership Stations

Stations covered by the East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership are served by South Western Railway rail services, and are within or just outside the South Downs National Park boundary.

How can you help?

  • Join the East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership stakeholder or voluntary groups.
  • Help with, or sponsor, improvements to a station.
  • Provide a service, business or promotion at a station.
  • Provide or help to look after flowers and planters at stations.
  • Assist with passenger surveys, events and promotions.
  • Improve access to or from stations via bus, cycle, walking or car sharing initiatives.
  • Keep stations free of litter and rubbish.
  • Organise or lead guided walks and cycle rides from each station.
  • Help ‘keep an eye’ on stations in the evening or at weekends.
  • Report any damage, or anti-social behaviour. 

and much more…

Please speak to a member of the partnership or contact us today for further information about how to help.

Questions & Answers

What is a Community Rail Partnership?

Community Rail Partnerships are ‘not for profit’ organisations which provide a link between the railway industry and local communities. Partners can include any individual, business or organisation who wants to positively develop the local rail route and stations. This includes practical initiatives to improve station facilities, services and access, enhance integration with other forms of transport and create a better, more sustainable local railway.

Who are the stakeholders and partners in the East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership?

South Downs National Park Authority, South Western Railway, Hampshire County Council, East Hampshire District Council, local Parish Councils, Network Rail, and Community Rail Network.

Can anyone else join?

If you want to positively develop the local rail route and stations… YES!

Why this section of route?

The Partnership aims to focus on the four rail stations which are central to the East Hampshire area of the South Downs National Park. With their prime locations, the stations are being developed as ‘key gateways’ to encourage more travel to the Park by train, and to enable improved onward travel exploration by foot, cycle or bus.