About Us

The Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership is DfT accredited, and works with local people, businesses, councils and voluntary and statutory groups to promote the railway and the regions beautiful towns and villages to potential rail-users and visitors. As well as encouraging greater community involvement in member stations of Tisbury, Gillingham (Dorset), Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil Junction and Crewkerne. Having a mainline railway service running between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids, is a significant endowment for any area, and over thirty-five daily trains run in and out of the region. The area of benefit encompasses more than one hundred and sixty predominately rural settlements served by the eleven major regional towns and villages. The many facilities and extra enhancements provided by Station adopters, SWR staff and guards, and the rail partnership contribute to making attractive, welcoming stations for rail-users and visitors. Great opportunities exist to build and create joined-up thinking and initiatives when people work together and recognise what a great asset they have in the station, and how it can play a major part in promoting the regions towns and many villages. Establishing ‘Town Teams,’ bring together people interested in promoting their towns,villages and stations as gateway destinations. The coveted accolade of accreditation status gained by the rail partnership is a formal recognition by the Department of Transport (like Ofsted for schools). Accreditation demonstrates a rail partnership operates to a high standard with objectives and activities that are supported by government.

About Us


Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership consists of six stations for you to explore.

For more information on each station as well as their local attractions, please click on a picture below.

  • Tisbury Station

    Tisbury Station

  • Gillingham Station

    Gillingham Station

  • Templecombe Station

    Templecombe Station

  • Sherborne Station

    Sherborne Station

  • Yeovil Junction

    Yeovil Junction

  • Crewkerne Station

    Crewkerne Station

Recent News

Recent local news from across the Blackmore Vale Line.

  • Stations in Bloom

    Stations in Bloom is flying the celebration flag in recognition of the wonderful efforts of station volunteers across SWR and GWR network.  Community Rail Partnerships across the region are joining together in a new ground-breaking project, the first project of its kind on the railway network across southern England.  An inter-station celebration of community involvement […]

  • Illyria returns to Castle Gardens

    Award-winning Illyria Outdoor Theatre will perform three of its most successful productions at Castle Gardens this summer. Peter Pan by J.M BarrieFriday 17 June, 7.30 pmBuy tickets A Midsummer Night’s DreamWeds 20 July, 7.30 pmBuy tickets The Pirates of PenzanceWeds 27 July, 7.30 pmBuy tickets All three of these reimagined classics will be performed beneath […]

  • South Western Railway: New E-bike scheme at Cranbrook and Honiton stations

    Customers travelling to Cranbrook or Honiton stations will now have access to eco-friendly electric bikes for their onwards travel. In partnership with Co Bikes, SWR customers will have access to 30 on demand e-bikes alongside docking stations. The scheme has been funded and delivered via a network of partnerships including the Department for Transport, Co […]

  • The Gardens Group: Christmas Trees

    Potted Christmas trees have already arrived at our garden centres and from Monday 22 November, the first cut Nordmann Fir Christmas trees will also be available. By the end of the month, we’ll have our usual large selection to choose from, including Norway Spruce, Noble and Fraser Fir. If you like to put your Christmas […]

  • Go Green by Train

    Friends of Crewkerne Station FOCS Day Out for Gillingham Museum to Crewkerne with Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership This week members of Gillingham Museum came to Crewkerne as part of the ‘Go Green by Train’ organised by the national Community Rail Network. Local station adoption groups like the Friends of Crewkerne Station have been encouraging people to use […]


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Contact Us

If you would like to contact us, you can use the message form below, or you can contact us at crp@blackmorevaletrains.com.