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Station partnerships

Find out how station partnerships are already improving our stations, and how you can get involved.

How partnerships work

A station partnership is a group of volunteers who come together to work with us on improving how one of our stations serves its local area. It’s an ongoing partnership that benefits everyone involved and creates links with local communities. 

There’s a great variety of projects, but all are designed to benefit the community, the station and our passengers. 

Examples include:

  • Improving the look of a station through a gardening project 
  • Adding extra colour through community artwork
  • Introducing a book swap

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Success stories

Station partnerships give passengers a better experience, foster a sense of pride and ownership for everyone who uses the station, and can reduce anti-social behaviour too. For volunteers it’s a chance to take an active role in the community, offering real social benefits as well as providing a real sense of achievement.

Alexandra Palace

Great Northern station staff and volunteers celebrated the launch of the ‘Friends of Ally Pally Station’ station partnership at Alexandra Palace in June 2016. 
 
Local eatery Our Cottage gave away delicious food and drink next to their new herb garden, and the community came out in great numbers to join in and listen to live music on both platforms. 
 
All the local councillors joined in, as did the local MP, representatives from Sunshine Garden Centre, the Palace Gates Residents Association and many more.
 
Alexandra Palace station manager, Duncan Primrose, worked with local volunteers, including Michael Solomon who spearheaded this initiative. They are encouraging others to get involved and inject some colour into the station by sponsoring or donating a plant or planter to the station and commit to maintaining it. 
 
Duncan said: "It was a great day. Our aim is to make the station look bright and friendly while bringing the local community together."
 
A total of 28 planters have been donated so far and station staff have committed to lending their ongoing support to ensure they are maintained appropriately and are encouraging any green-fingered users of the station to join the project.
 

Hitchin

In July 2016, members of Hitchin Priory Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club celebrated the adoption of the station.
 
The Rotary Club has worked with the station team to put up hanging baskets around the station, as well as two flower planters on the fence around the stairs on Platform 1. The planters were jointly funded by Great Northern, as well as the Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club through their fundraising efforts. Space has been provided at the station to store equipment to tend the plants and members of the group take it in turn to water them. 
 
Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Pauline Girvan, co-President of the Inner Wheel Club, said: "A long time ago we were travelling abroad and I remember seeing a station completely blooming with flowers and I thought to myself how wonderful it would be for Hitchin to be like that.
 
“I am really pleased that we have been able to start this at Hitchin station with the Hitchin Priory Rotary Club's efforts, supported by the Inner Wheel Club. The new plants at the station look amazing and I thank everyone for their efforts to turn my idea into a reality."
 
Peter Hull, from Hitchin Priory Rotary Club, added: "We are pleased to get involved with the station in this way. I love flowers and especially like the planters we've introduced. Working with the station manager, we've already done a lot and we have lots more to look forward to. It's a wonderful change to the station and we look forward to continuing this three way partnership."
 
The group also spoke about the possibility of adding additional hanging basket in the future, as well as fund-raising in different ways on the station.
 

Cuffley

In July 2016 members of the Northaw and Cuffley Residents’ Association formally adopted Cuffley railway station.
 
The group worked with the station manager to make the station their own by putting up a new noticeboard to promote community events in the area and exploring the possibility of creating new flowerbeds. There are also discussions under way with the local school to brighten the subway with childrens' artwork.
 
Andrea Allgood, chair of the association, said: "For many years, a number of members of our group have lived very close to the station and we've always found everyone involved with the train company to be very good neighbours to us.
 
“We welcome the opportunity to take our relationship that step further by working in partnership together. There is a lot going on in Cuffley and it is wonderful to have the chance to promote this further. We've taken on board the advice of Great Northern to start small but look forward to working together to do more in the future."