Your local community rail partnership

Your local community rail partnership

Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership covers Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil Junction, Crewkerne and Salisbury stations, on the South Western Railway West of England line from London Waterloo to Exeter St Davids. We are a Department of Transport accredited rail partnership and run by a board of 15 members. 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.

We work 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 our member stations. 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.

Having a mainline railway service and station is a great asset for the local area. Over thirty-five daily trains run in and out of the region and over half a million people use Gillingham station every year. The area of benefit covered by the railway and community rail partnership extends to more than one hundred and sixty predominately rural settlements. There are eleven major regional towns and villages in the three counties of Wiltshire, Dorset, and Somerset: Tisbury, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Mere, Wincanton, Stalbridge, Marnhull, Sturminster Newton, Sherborne, Yeovil, Crewkerne and Chard.

‘Town Teams’ is a new initiative designed to bring together people interested in promoting their towns, villages and stations as gateway visitor destinations. If you are interested in joining us on this journey use the contact form at the end of this page to get in touch.


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

    The UK's only 'dark skies' friendly station

  • Gillingham Station

    Gillingham Station

  • Templecombe Station

    Templecombe Station

    One of the UK's best kept small stations

  • Sherborne Station

    Sherborne Station

  • Yeovil Junction

    Yeovil Junction

  • Crewkerne Station

    Crewkerne Station

What's happening

Projects and news from across the Blackmore Vale Line.

  • New Line Guide with timetable

    Download a copy of our new Line Guide with timetable for Exeter to Waterloo by clicking on the link below. It’s packed full of ideas for great days out on the Blackmore Vale Line. We hope it will be useful to you. It’s designed to be interactive and you can scan QR codes for videos […]

  • Passenger Survey Summary Report

    A copy of the Passenger Survey Summary report can be downloaded free here. Summary of Findings Passenger Survey BVCRP FEB 2023 PDF  Some good things have happened since our survey was carried out. Three of the major issues highlighted by rail users in the survey have now been sorted.  Timetable Posters are now on all […]

  • Bond is Back!

    The artwork in the waiting room on platform 2 of Sherborne Station was painted by art students from the Gryphon School in June 2008. Originally displayed on the wall and celebrating the new ‘James Bond’ played by Daniel Craig in 2006 film Casino Royale, and  anticipating the release of the next instalment and twenty second […]

  • Sherborne and The Railway

    Last week, The Sherborne and District Society CPRE and The Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership were delighted to unveil a new history information poster for Sherborne Station. The poster, written and designed by Giles Harvey, explores the impact on the commercial growth of Sherborne following the railway’s opening from 1860.  Although busy with passengers today, […]

  • Try the Train at Templecombe

    Blackmore Vale line Community Rail Partnership and Templecombe School joined the national campaign celebrating the vital role of Britain’s railways in bringing communities together. Day 2 of Community Rail Week on Tuesday 23 May focused on education and youth engagement with the railway.  This gave rise to a unique opportunity to work with celebrated local […]

  • The Tale of Sevenpence the Templecombe Station Cat

    Young readers will love “The Tale of Sevenpence the Templecombe Station Cat.” “When a parcel arrives at Templecombe Station the dour Mrs Peck is not amused at its contents and wants nothing more to do with it. Abandoned and unwanted in a strange place, will the tiny bundle inside ever find a new home.” At […]

  • Win a Chance to have your Artwork on Display at Gillingham Station in Dorset

    Win a Chance to have your Artwork on Display at Gillingham Station in Dorset.


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