South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership

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

Community involvement is a key element of our work to promote rail travel

The South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership is fully committed to working with the local commmunity to raise awareness of the line and encourage its use.  

Under our previous incarnation, we helped celebrate the Ayr to Stranraer line’s 130th anniversary, with local schoolchildren and their teachers in Girvan and Stranraer travelling to each others' schools by train in Victorian costume. The event, which spanned two local authorities, was a huge success. 

On May 24th, 2010, we marked the 150th anniversary of the railway reaching Girvan and in 2011, we celebrated 150 years of the ferries serving Stranraer. 

The Partnership has also adopted Maybole, Girvan, Barrhill and Stranraer stations under First ScotRail's "adopt a station" scheme and we operate the shop at Girvan station which is open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays. 

In 2013, on the day the GB Men's Curling Team reached the semi-finals of the Winter Olympics, children and teachers from Invergarven School, a special needs educational establishment in Girvan, turned Stranraer into Sochi when they took up an offer to go by train to Stranraer and sample curling at the North West Castle Hotel. 

ScotRail kindly sponsored the travel element and the North West Castle did likewise with the curling session, whilst the Partnership provided an education pack for the journey identifying items of interest on the 38-mile trip. 

These interactions with the wider community are a key element of the Partnership’s commitment to community involvement of which we are very proud.

For more information about our work in this area, please email us.


Become a member for just £10 a year

Become a member of the South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership for just £10 a year. You will be kept informed about projects and campaigns we run, opportunities to volunteer in a wide range of projects and you will be able to help shape the organisation by voting at the Annual General Meeting where you can also put yourself forward for election to a Board position on the Board of Directors. For further information, please email.

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Company No: SC460916   |   Scottish Charity No: SC039478 

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