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.
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