What is Surrey Hills to South Downs Community Rail Partnership?

The Surrey Hills to South Downs Community Rail Partnership is an exciting initiative working with South Western Railway (SWR), with the support of the Community Rail Network. Its aims are to encourage greater access to the local area via rail and other sustainable transport options.

We promote:

  • the towns along the route of the Surrey Hills to South Downs Community Rail Partnership – Farncombe, Godalming, Milford, Witley, Haslemere and their surrounding districts,
  • the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the South Downs National Park, the National Trust and other organisations working within these boundaries.
  • local events and cultural activities in the area.

We work with:

  • schools, youth organisations and vulnerable adults to provide information about the railway. For example, activities like Try the Train Experiences & Train2Travel which provides interactive train safety workshops to groups
  • the local community and SWR, to provide a high standard of infrastructure and aesthetics at all stations. We work with the local community to display art and create gardening projects.
  • partners to develop and enhance local train services, stations and improve access for all.
  • SWR, to increase off-peak rail passenger numbers.

And we:

  • enable local railways to play a larger role in local and regional economic and social regeneration: including projects to enhance tourist, educational, health, cultural and environmental regeneration and development activities.
  • encourage greater use of sustainable and environmentally friendly public transport.

Our activities incorporate the Department for Transport’s Community Rail Development Strategy’s four pillars:

  1. Providing a voice for the community
  2. Promoting sustainable, healthy and accessible travel
  3. Bringing communities together and supporting diversity and inclusion
  4. Supporting social and economic development

The full strategy can be found at: Community Rail Development Strategy