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Work in the community

Being a responsible business is about managing environmental risks, playing a part in our local communities and supporting charities.  

East Midlands Trains is proud to support its local communities, with a range of initiatives including: charity contributions; community partnerships; supporting volunteering and causes special to people within our business. Some examples are:

Community Events

  • At stations – bringing local communities and our stations together with schools and local groups helping us to paint, plant flowers and tidy up stations
  • Community pageants and processions
  • Art competitions for station posters for local children

Making cycling to the station easier

We have also improved cycle storage facilities at many of our stations, making it easier for everyone to leave the car at home.  We are continuing to invest in making it easier to get to our stations with a smaller environmental impact.

We also run the East Midlands Trains Cyclescheme for staff, which has helped 100 of our staff to ditch the car and make the switch to cycling.

Supporting charities

We launched an Employee Charity Support scheme for our staff wanting to make a difference.  We also made a pledge to our staff that we would develop programmes to support them in their ambitions to complete community work, fundraising and volunteering.


Keeping people informed: our stakeholders

We pride ourselves on our punctuality figures and safety record at East Midlands Trains. We are also proud of our strong relationships with key representatives and national bodies within the industry and within local areas. From Passenger Focus, to local politicians and primary schools, we work hard to keep everyone up-to-date and involved with any plans that might affect them.


Community Rail Partnerships 


We work with several community rail partnerships to keep the local lines running along our routes.

The North Staffordshire Line

Passing through three of the UK’s most scenic counties, the North Staffordshire Line links Crewe to Derby via Stoke-on-Trent and is your starting point to a host of major cities and holiday destinations. Please see our guide for more information on the North Staffordshire line 

Click here to view the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership progress report for 2011/2012

The Derwent Valley Line

The Derwent Valley Line travels through the picturesque and historic landscape between Nottingham, Derby and Matlock. We run an hourly train service between Matlock and Nottingham, via Belper and Derby. Please see our guide for more information on the Derwent Valley line. 

Click here to view the Derwent Valley line Community Rail Partnership progress report for 2011/2012

Poacher Line

From city to coast, the Poacher Line connects Nottingham to Skegness via Grantham, providing an essential train service linking East Lincolnshire to the rest of the UK rail network.


Station Adoption programme

We operate 89 stations around the network and many of them are unstaffed. As it’s not always possible for us to visit all our stations as often as we would like, our Station Adopters make a huge difference.

Local organisations, community groups, or charities keep the stations looking good and the community spirit of all involved brings a great sense of pride to both East Midlands Trains teams and the local communities we serve.

Station Adopters act as the guardians of a station to ensure that it remains a pleasant and safe place to use. They look after:

  • Gardening and landscaping
  • Litter picking/rubbish removal
  • General aesthetic improvements
  • Painting of structures and fixtures to cover graffiti
  • Removal of graffiti
  • Reporting of vandalism
  • Reporting of property faults

We have got you covered 

Station Adopters receive free travel with East Midlands Trains and, if your station has a pay and display car park, you will also get a pass for parking there.

Regular meetings

Our Station Adoption Scheme is highly valued by East Midlands Trains and Adopters have a dedicated Management Contact, plus an annual meeting for all groups.

For more information and to apply