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Friends of the Shakespeare Line – Voluntary Community Station Partnership
Welcome to the Friends of the Shakespeare Line (FoSL), a voluntary Community Station Partnership that supports the commitment of all railway station adopters between Birmingham and Stratford upon Avon. This unique ‘collective’ has been launched by the Shakespeare Line Promotion Group and is supported by West Midlands Railway Ltd, the Train Operating Company.
“The future of the railways depends on the creation of a new system centred around passengers. Delivering social, economic, and environmental benefits”
Managing Director of Passenger Services
Department for Transport
This is the website for the first ‘Community Station Partnership’ in the UK
We are a volunteer-led community partnership, investing our time and energies to enhance the twenty-one local stations between Birmingham and Stratford upon Avon.
We aim to help underpin the national efforts to restore confidence in rail and attract visitors to the scenic and fascinating Shakespeare Line.
The Friends of the Shakespeare Line (FoSL) is a social enterprise and our mission is to work with the Train Operating Company and other regional partners to help make our stations more relevant to the locality, more passenger-centric and more welcoming to visitors.
Friends of the Shakespeare Line is about delivering Social Value.
We work with and obtain support from regional partners and individuals to enable volunteers (station adopters) to make our railway stations more welcoming to visitors, more relevant to the locality, more engaging for passengers and supportive of the local economy and environment.