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Railway Station Adoption

Radley Railway Station may not be everyone’s favourite place at the moment, what with all the noise and mess. Yet it could be made into a place to be proud of. That is the message from First Great Western and Oxfordshire County Council who have entered into a join venture to get people to adopt their local station. Full details of the scheme are given in the leaflet which can be downloaded from the link below.

About 30 people attended a public meeting in the village hall on Friday 14th September and, after airing their gripes and concerns about the station and the service in general, nevertheless gave their unanimous support to the scheme, with a good number of people offering to participate actively when the time comes.

The meeting was addressed by Kim Higgs of First Great Western and Adrian Saunders, Rail Development Officer for Oxfordshire County Council, who explained the ways the scheme might work and answered the many questions put from the floor.

The Parish Council will now take the matter to the next stage, which is to establish a Group who will undertake the activities that the Group considers appropriate under the adoption scheme. It was stressed that local people will not be expected to pay for station improvements out of their own pockets; nor is this a way of maintaining stations on-the-cheap. Local people will be able to decide on how much or how little they are prepared to do. The idea is to bring the station into the community and make it into more that it otherwise would be if it was minimally maintained as a place simply for trains to stop at. Who knows, we might even be able to get them to improve the service as well!

If you would like to participate by becoming a member of the Adoption Group, please contact the Clerk of the Parish Council, who will ensure you receive information about forming the group. Alternatively, keep a lookout on this website (and this page) where further information will be posted as and when it becomes available.



[Update 13/08/2008]

With works at the station coming to an end, Radley may now have a railway station to be proud of.  A new group, Friends of Radley Station, whose aim is to help keep it that way, is currently being constituted. If you would like to participate in the work of this group,  please get in touch via this website’s email address:



Further information

Station Adoption Leaflet (pdf 635kB)

First Great Western

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