RADNORSHIRE residents living along the picturesque Heart of Wales Line and with an interest in volunteering are being offered the opportunity to join Transport for Wales’ (TfW) ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme.
Launched in April 2004, station adoption is a network wide scheme involving people who support TfW in keeping stations in good condition, and more than 140 partnerships have been formed since its inception.
Volunteering opportunities currently exist at Llanbister Road, Llandrindod Wells, Llangynllo, near Knighton, as well as Hopton Heath in Shropshire. The four stations are some of the 29 situated along the scenic Heart of Wales Line with many already adopted by teams of dedicated local volunteers.
Cleaning and maintenance tasks are undertaken on a weekly basis by TfW’s own maintenance teams, while volunteers are asked to provide feedback twice a month on any issue that may affect their station; for example faulty lighting, litter or damage to a shelter.
Where possible, volunteers can also form groups to help maintain station gardens and floral displays funded by TfW. Many stations’ gardens have been recognised over the years at regional and national awards.
Geraint Morgan, TfW’s community rail manager, said: “The scheme is a great opportunity for people who are keen to make a difference in their community, meet people and learn new skills.
“Stations are often gateways to villages or towns and first impressions count. The support provided by local residents ensures that any issues can be promptly addressed while floral displays and gardens help create a welcoming environment for all.”
To find out more about how to join the scheme, contact Transport for Wales’ customer relations team on 03333 211 202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.