We are a voluntary organisation, which was formed on 11 March 1978, with the aim of safeguarding and promoting improvements to rail and bus feeder services along the Oxford to Hereford railway, known as the North Cotswold Line.

The line had been at risk of full or part closure at the time, but the group has worked with successive train operators to increase frequency and quality of train services and station facilities since then.

Membership is currently around 1,700, and we believe that we are the second largest rail user group in the country, after the Friends of the Settle and Carlisle Railway. We always welcome new members as this enhances our position when engaging with the rail industry and with national and local government.


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What We Do

Past Achievements


Management Team

How We Are Funded

Our various contributions to improving and promoting services on and use of the North Cotswold Line are funded by means of membership subscriptions (Annual and Lifetime) and generous donations and legacies made by members and officers.

How You Can Help

Become a member (see relevant section)

Attend public meetings, particularly the AGM

Distribute newsletters in your area (saving postage costs)

Act as a station volunteer

Support new members to join us in your locality

Write to your MP or County Council regarding principal campaigning issues

Leave a generous legacy in your will!

Current Issues and Campaigns

Pershore and Moreton in Marsh car parking

Kingham and Worcester Shrub Hill accessibility

Two trains an hour, Worcester to London

Worcester to London in under 2 hours

Two trains an hour, Hereford to Birmingham

Oxford Station enhancement

Hanborough Station enhancement

Improved revenue collection

Reopening of the former line between Stratford on Avon and Honeybourne

800302 Moreton-in-Marsh 14.05.2018

Photo credit:  800302 at Moreton-in-Marsh on 14th May 2018, © William Crossley.

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