We have a scheme called Adopt A Station that finds community or start-up uses for vacant accommodation at our stations.
It’s been a great success, and so far our successful 'adopters' include Pitlochry Station Bookshop; the Clyde Model Railway Club at Lanark; rse@arbroath and Arbroath Abbey Timethemes; a community meeting room at Maxwell Park (Pollokshields Heritage); the Friends of Wemyss Bay Station (bookshop and gallery); the Stranraer to Ayr Line Support Association's shop at Girvan and the East Ayrshire Toy Library at Kilmarnock.
Unfortunately we don’t have funds to support making any spaces habitable – our contribution is to offer the accommodation rent free. Adopters are liable to pay any applicable local authority rates, heat and light. To find out more, you can download and print out the form below. Once completed, please return it to John Yellowlees, ScotRail External Relations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: John Yellowlees First ScotRail Atrium Court 50 Waterloo Street Glasgow G2 6HQ (T 0141-335 4787 or F:0141-335 4791). Download your application form here.
Gardening on stations
More than one
hundred stations have so far been adopted by volunteer gardeners – who have helped us to add seasonal colour and vibrancy.
Thanks to all concerned at the following locations, including the following organisations:
Aberdeen with Aberdeen in Bloom
Airdrie Alloa with Alloa Rotary Club Alness with Alness in Bloom Annan Arbroath with Angus College Ardgay with the Community Council Ardlui Ardrossan South Beach Ardrossan Town with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group Arisaig with HITRANS Arrochar & Tarbet with the Arrochar Community Council Auchinleck with Auchinleck Community Council Ayr with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group Banavie with Caol in Bloom Barassie Barrhead with Barrhead High School Barrhill with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group Bathgate with Enterprising Bathgate Bearsden Bishopton with Bishopton Community Council Blair Atholl with the Community Council Bridge of Allan with the Friends of Bridge of Allan Bridge of Orchy with the West Highland Way Sleeper Broughty Ferry with Broughty Ferry Community Council and Rotary Club Burnside with Burnside in Bloom Cardonald with In-Work Ltd. Cardross Carluke with the Carluke Business Development Trust Carnoustie with the Carnoustie Community Council Carrbridge with the Friends of Carrbridge Station Corpach with Corpach in Colour Carstairs with Carstairs Junction Community Association Cartsdyke with In Work Ltd. Clarkston with the Busby & Clarkston Gardening Club Cowdenbeath with the Rotary Club Crianlarich with the Station Tearoom Crookston with Friends of Rosshall Park and Gardens Crosshill with South Seeds Croy with Kelvin Valley Honey Cumbernauld with Carbrain & Hillcrest Community Council Cupar with Cupar in Bloom Dalgety Bay with the Inverkeithing & Dalgety Bay Rotary Club Dalmally Dalmeny Dalry with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group Dalwhinnie with the Dalwhinnie Community Council Dingwall with the Station Cafe Drem Dumbarton Central with The Coffee Station Dumfries with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group Dunblane with the Dunblane Development Trust Dundee with the six Dundee Rotary Clubs Dunkeld & Birnam with the Scottish Wildlife Trust Dunlop with Dunlop Community Council Duke Street with Golfhill Primary Dyce with Dyce in Bloom East Kilbride with South Lanarkshire College Easterhouse with Swinton Primary School Elgin with the Rotary Club of Elgin Exhibition Centre with Charing Cross Rotary Falkirk Grahamston with the Falkirk Rotary Club Falkirk High with the Falkirk Rotary Club Falls of Cruachan Forres with Forres in Bloom Fort Matilda with In Work Ltd. Garelochhead Garrowhill with the Garrowhill Community Council Giffnock Girvan with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group Gleneagles with the Gleneagles Hotel Glenfinnan with the Glenfinnan Station Museum Glengarnock with In-Work Ltd. Glenrothes with Thornton, with Thornton Green Fingers Golspie with HITRANS Gourock with In Work Ltd. Greenock Central with In Work Ltd. Greenock West with Bica Catering Gretna Green with the Gretna Green Community Council Hairmyres with Crosshouse Primary School Hamilton Central with Hamilton Grammar School Hamilton West with Beckford Lodge Hillington East with In-Work Ltd. Hillington West with In-Work Ltd. Helensburgh Central with the Helensburgh and Gareloch Horticultural Society Helensburgh Upper with the Friends of the West Highland Lines Howwood with Howwood Wildlife and Woodlands Huntly with Huntly Development Trust Keith with Fife Keith Action Group Kilwinning with Hazeldene Resource Centre Insch with The Insch Museum Invergordon with Invergordon Off the Wall Invergowrie with the six Dundee Rotary Clubs Inverkeithing with the Inverkeithing & Dalgety Bay Rotary Club Inverkip with In Work Ltd. Inverurie with Watsons of Inverurie Irvine with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group Jordanhill with Westbourne Gardens Nursery Ladybank with the Ladybank Development Trust Lairg with HITRANS Langbank with In Work Ltd. Larkhall with Machanhill Primary School with Goulding's Garden Centre Laurencekirk with Mearns and Coastal Healthy Living Leuchars with AM-PM Taxis Lochwinnoch with the Community Council Johnstone Kilmarnock with Hurlford Gardening Club Kilmaurs with the Kilmaurs Community Council Kinghorn with the Kinghorn Studio and Art GalleryKirkcaldy with Kirkcaldy Rotary Club Kirkconnel with the Kirkconnel Parish Heritage Society Kirknewton Lanark with Lanark in Bloom Larbert with the Vale of Carron Rotary Club Largs with the Largs Gardening Club Laurencekirk with Mearns Academy Lenzie with Lenzie Community Council Linlithgow with Linlithgow Burgh Beautiful Lockerbie with Lockerbie in Bloom Longniddry with the Longniddry Community Council Mallaig with the Lochaber Horticultural Association Markinch with the Markinch Community Council Maxwell Park with Pollokshields Heritage Maybole with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group Milliken Park with In-Work Ltd Milngavie with Milngavie in Bloom Monifieth with the six Dundee Rotary Clubs Montrose Morar Muir of Ord with the Tarradale Community Association Neilston with the Neilston Development Trust New Cumnock Newcraighall with the Rotary Club of Portobello Newton-on-Ayr with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters Group North Berwick with North Berwick in Bloom North Queensferry with North Queensferry School Oban Paisley Gilmour Street with In-Work Ltd. Perth with Perth in Bloom Pitlochry with Pitlochry in Bloom Plockton with Off the Rails Pollockshaws East with Locavore Pollockshaws West with South West Community Cycles Pollokshields East with The Hidden Gardens Pollokshields West with Locavore Port Glasgow with In Work Ltd. Prestwick Town with the Station Cafe Queens Park with Great Gardens Rannoch with the Station Tearoom Renton with Strathleven Artizans Rosyth with the Inverkeithing & Dalgety Bay Rotary Club Roy Bridge with the Glen Spean and Great Glen Marketing Group Rutherglen with Langside College Saltcoats with Boulevard Cafe Sanquhar with the Brighten Up Sanquhar Group Shawlands with Great Gardens Shettleston with Playbusters Shotts with Shape Up Shotts South Gyle with the Rotary Club of Corstorphine Spean Bridge with the Glen Spean and Great Glen Marketing Group Stirling with the Rotary Club of Stirling Stonehaven with Deeside Timberframes and the Stonehaven Horizon Group Stranraer with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group Strathcarron Stevenson with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters Group Tain with the Tain Environmental Improvement Group Troon with the South West Scotland Railway Adopters' Group Tulloch with The Station Lodge Uddingston with Uddingston Pride Uphall with Livingston Rotary Upper Tyndrum Wemyss Bay with the Friends of Wemyss Bay Station Westerton with Westerton Primary School West Calder West Kilbride Whitecraigs
We welcome the involvement of local communities in helping us to cultivate flowers and shrubs on our stations. If you’d like to get involved, why not read the information below and then make an application?
While you’re on our premises, our concern is for your safety – and that of our passengers and staff. So we must ask you to abide by a few simple rules.
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Your contact will be with our local Station Team Manager, who will brief you on site prior to the commencement of the planting season. During the meeting to discuss the intended work the Station Team Manager will consider all aspects of rail safety including whether this will affect the sighting of signalling equipment, CIS monitors, and restricted widths of platforms and access routes, Thereafter all of the work that you do must be on the basis agreed with them, ie by named individuals, on specified days, at specified times, for the agreed range of activities. The Station Team Manager and ScotRail staff may make unannounced visits while work is taking place, and for your safety and the safety of others their instructions must be obeyed at all times.
At staffed stations all visitors must report to the station staff for briefing, and should sign in and out of the station individually. The staff are in charge of the location and you must always obey their instructions. If for any reason there are no staff present then the requirements for “unstaffed stations” apply.
At unstaffed stations the Station Team Manager will provide a copy of the local station emergency arrangements. Many stations now have on-line CCTV monitored from our Customer Services Centres at Paisley and Dunfermline. You should advise of your presence, as well as advising when you leave the premises to the CCTV operator using the nearest Help Point.
General Safety Arrangements
You must arrive and leave the station by the normal public access routes.
High visibility clothing must be worn at all times when on First ScotRail stations.
Work sites must be protected by barriers of suitably approved material to prohibit access to site from other station users
Overhead electrified line equipment will cause death if touched. Where the line is electrified, you or any tools and equipment must not come within 3 metres of the overhead line equipment. These requirements will be fully explained during the safety briefing.
You should not work or place tools and equipment within 2 metres of the platform edge. At stations where high speed trains pass this must be increased to 2.5 metres of the edge (you will be advised if the increased requirement applies during the safety briefing with the Station Team Manager).
Hard hats or bumps caps must be worn when working under footbridges or other structures less than 2m in height. Safety glasses/ goggles must be worn when working above head height and if risk of splashing exists. Safety footwear must be worn at all times. Safety gloves must be worn at all times [these should thickness durability also provide protection against needles and syringe injuries].
Hoses or pressure washers must NOT be used, and water should be carried in an appropriate container. Any spillages must be cleaned up immediately.
No debris must be allowed to accumulate on platforms or access routes. This must be removed from the site at the end of each working day. Safe access for other station users should be maintained at all times.
Any work at height which requires the use of ladders or other access equipment will require location specific approval by our Facilities Department/Safety Section. If approval is giving then this equipment must be certified as fit for use six monthly. Companies which can certify this equipment include http://www.clowgroup.co.uk/.
Any work which requires powered equipment e.g. strimmers, cultivators, hedge trimmers, etc will require location specific approval by our Facilities Department/Safety Section. Equipment must be certified as fit for use by an approved maintenance contractor. Equipment users must have a current operators certificate.
Any proposed work which requires to be carried out on embankments or gradients must be discussed and agreed by our Facilities Department.
The use of chemicals, pesticides, petrol/diesel fuel must be strictly controlled and is subject to approval by ScotRail following provision of appropriate COSHH assessments/method statements.
Before authority is given for minors or people with special needs to work at locations ScotRail will require a comprehensive method statement detailing the control measures which will ensure the safety and supervision of individuals.
ScotRail suggests that individuals have had basic Manual Handling instruction.
Making your proposal
Please ensure you have read the safety arrangements first, then either print out the form, complete the details and return it to this address:
John Yellowlees First ScotRail Atrium Court 50 Waterloo Street Glasgow G2 6HQ (T 0141-335 4787 or F:0141-335 4791). Or download your application form here.