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.

  • Community Rail @ Christmas 2023

    As the festive season looms ever closer volunteers from our station groups are busy creating wonderful festive scenes in the booking halls.  Always an enjoyable time of year when our volunteers work hard to provide rail users with celebratory cheer and captivating Christmas displays. There are many talented crafters amongst our volunteers and this is […]

  • Line Closure

    Salisbury to Yeovil Junction  Saturday 25 November to Sunday 10 December     Dear Stakeholders, Upcoming West of England Line Closure We are writing to remind stakeholders of the upcoming line closure on the West of England line later this week. The timings and locations of the line closure is below: Saturday 25 November to Sunday […]

  • 2023 Awards Ceremony

    Derek Beer chairman of Blackmore Vale Rail Partnership and host of the awards event said: “It was heartwarming to see so many people gathered together who care about their communities, their environment and each other.Due to the overwhelming generosity of Louise and her team at Castle Gardens in Sherborne they were able to network over […]

  • South Western Railway improves West of England timetable with more direct services to and from London

    From 10 December 2023 when the new timetable is introduced there will be a new service, the 1525 from Salisbury to Gillingham calling at Tisbury, will be introduced, terminating at Gillingham at 1548   Download South Western Railway’s new timetable comes into effect on Sunday 10 December, with more West of England services extended to and […]

  • SWR’s Safe Way Home

    Safe Way Home: South Western Railway partners with Missing People on a new campaign to help people in crisis South Western Railway has partnered with the charity Missing People on a new campaign aimed at people in crisis who are thinking of going missing by train or have already gone missing  Posters across the South Western […]

  • Lifesaving Defibrillators at all SWR staffed stations

    South Western Railway marks the successful installation of lifesaving defibrillators at all its staffed stations As today is Restart a Heart Day, I am pleased to be able to share the following press release with you as SWR has now installed publicly accessible defibrillators at all of our staffed stations. We held a small event […]

  • Upcoming Line Closure November & December 2023

    Upcoming Line Closures West of England Line November & December 2023 Dear Stakeholders,Upcoming West of England Line Closures We are writing to let you know about a series of line closures along the West of England line this coming November and December.The timings and locations of the first two closures are below:Monday 6 to Friday 10 November – Yeovil […]

  • Tour Images 2023 Stations in Bloom

    A summer of smiles, sunshine and warm welcomes for our super judges from the wonderful station volunteers across southern and south west England for 2023 Stations in Bloom. Not just flowers .. The variety of station intiatives is truly amazing!  Ranging from sustainable planting, station gardens, artwork, shelters, heritage features,  stations buildings re-purposed for community […]


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