SUMMER 2021 UPDATE
THE FRIENDS OF HORSLEY'S STATIONS
Uniquely in England, East Horsley parish hosts not one, but two railway stations
To help give our stations the TLC they deserve, in 2019 East Horsley Parish Council founded its Railway Task Group (RTG).
Biodiversity at Horsley Station
The Friends of Horsley Station is part of East Horsley Parish Council’s Railway Task Group. One of the aims of the Friends Group is to support biodiversity in the station grounds and to promote an interest in the wildlife that can be seen.
The station's "mini-meadows" of wildflowers provide nectar for bees, butterflies and moths and food for the early stages of many insects (e.g. caterpillars of butterflies). Mowing during their active season destroys them so the maintenance programme is staggered to protect the invertebrates and seeds which are the food supply for many bird species and so, by maintaining the source, it helps them too.
Railway Task Group's Current Projects
LONDON-BOUND LEVEL ACCESS - LOBLA Campaign (click to access information sheet)
Both Horsley and Effingham Junction have poor access to Platform One if your mobility is restricted, eg luggage, pushchairs, disability or elderly.
Graphics showing how new lifts and covered bridges could transform Effingham Junction and Horsley stations are shown here.
IMPROVED TOILET FACILITIES AT HORSLEY STATION
To improve the experience of using Horsley and Effingham Junction stations, including their environment, accessibility and facilities. In this way, both stations can become more of an amenity for the communities they serve rather than just points of access to railway services. Also, through enabling direct community involvement in shaping how rail users can interact with the stations, engendering a sense of “ownership” and pride amongst not only the adoption teams but also the wider communities that the teams represent
Since its founding in June 2019, the Railway Task Group has come on by leaps and bounds.
We are forging excellent relationships with South Western Railway and Network Rail and both station “Friends” groups have now formally joined SWR’s Community Rail station adoption scheme.
This gives us a perfect “platform” from which to work with all stakeholders to help improve station facilities, access, landscaping, signage etc
Our membership currently exceeds 20 with representation from all local communities using the station.
We are arranged into four groups as follows:
- Friends of Effingham Junction Station
- Friends of Horsley Station
- Accessibility Projects Team
- Strategy Group
EHPC Council Member
Cllr Andrew Franklin