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Three Rivers Community Rail Formally Adopt Woolston and Sholing Stations

Friday 4 October saw volunteers of the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership formally adopt Woolston and Sholing stations with South West Trains.

This brings the total number of stations adopted by volunteers in the Three Rivers area to seven.

Adoption does not mean that volunteers take over the work of the train operators. It is a formal process where volunteers are recognised as providing additional help and support at stations, particularly when booking offices are closed or where no booking office exists.

The types of work a volunteer undertakes varies from station to station but includes litter picking, publicity distribution, garden maintenance and landscape development, passenger surveys and regular monitoring of station facilities and maintenance.

Volunteers not only help to enhance the areas around stations, but provide additional presence at stations. It is noticeable where volunteering is undertaken the levels of litter are generally lower, instances of graffiti and anti social behaviour drop considerably and passenger satisfaction levels increase.

So, if you wish to join us at any of the following stations to help improve them for the benefit of the railways as well as the local community, please let us know: Dean, Mottisfont and Dunbridge, Romsey, Chandlers Ford, Swaythling, Woolston and Sholing.

It is hoped St Denys will be the next station to be adopted in the near future.

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