The Friends of Bruton Railway Station
We are a volunteer group, founded in 1997 and affiliated to the Heart of Wessex Line Community Rail Working Party. This consists of similar groups for all the stations between Bristol and Weymouth, meeting twice a year with the top management of the Great Western Railway in the western region.
We look after the station garden, one of the finest on the line. In addition we work to keep this subsidised train service operating through Bruton by encouraging travel to and from the station, providing information about train services, lobbying for improved services and facilities, especially more convenient train times and of course more carriages to reduce overcrowding. We provide the first point of contact if there is anything wrong at the station and alert the Stations Manager at Westbury who can either put work in hand or call on Network Rail if the matter is one for them to deal with.
For work on the station garden we meet on the first Thursday of the month from April to November. We are always keen to welcome new members, and anyone interested in joining us will be very welcome to come along to one of our gardening days and see what we do. An easy way to contact us is by using the Contact us page.
The parent body for the Working Party mentioned in the first paragraph is the Heart of Wessex Line Rail Partnership. Its members include Bristol City Council, the three county councils (Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset), the District Councils along the line, Network Rail and Great Western Railway, which operates most of the trains.
Both Bruton Town Council and South Somerset District Council have provided us with generous grants for our work at the station, and the Heart of Wessex Partnership has given us much valuable financial support, in addition to general guidance and constant encouragement.