South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership

Delivering outcomes that benefit users of the railway and the wider community

Other CRPs in Scotland and the history of Community Rail in Britain

Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) were first established in England in the early 1990s as part of a UK government initiative to involve local people in the development and running of local and rural routes, services and stations. The idea has four key objectives:

  • to increase community involvement
  • to support social and economic development
  • to increase revenue
  • to reduce costs.

CRPs comprise of railway operators, local authorities, community organisations and rail user groups to try to ensure that community railways are managed to fit local needs. 

The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) supports its fifty or so member CRPs and also offers assistance to voluntary station friends groups that support their local stations through the station adoption scheme. Since 2005, the Department for Transport in England and Wales has formally designated a number of railway lines as community rail schemes in order to recognise the need for different, more appropriate standards than are applied to main line railway routes and therefore make them more cost effective.

In Scotland, CRP’s have been running since 2014. The predecessor organisation of South West Scotland CRP was Scotland’s first CRP to be designated by the Scottish Government.  

In Scotland there are now seven other CRPs:

  • Borders
  • Highland Mainline
  • Rail 74
  • West Highland Line
  • East Lothian
  • Strathallan
  • South West Glasgow

Were the other CRP’s have a website, we have included a link to it from their logos above. Simply click on the logo of the CRP which will take you to their website if they have one.

© South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership, Girvan Railway Station, Vicarton Street, Girvan, KA26 9JF

Company No: SC460916   |   Scottish Charity No: SC039478 

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