Each space is very different, varying from under-stairs storage to large rooms. Equally, the condition of these spaces requires different levels of attention and refurbishment.
While SWR has committed to working with groups on these projects, many of the locations will require third party funding to support the development.
If you are interested in finding out more about the available spaces, and discussing how these could be used by local communities, please get in touch with Paula - our dedicated Community Rail Manager.
Our latest successful redundant space story:
Solent Remade - Havant
A redundant room at Havant station has become the home of a thriving new community asset, after SWR agreed to hand the space over to local Community Interest Company, Solent Remade.
The Old Parcels Office at the station was last used as the station's taxi office but, as it was unlikely to be used for that purpose again, SWR sought to find a community use for it. After working closely with Solent Remade, SWR agreed to lease the space to the CIC on a peppercorn rent, so that they could use it as a hub for resource repair, reduce or reuse projects.
Solent Remade are just one of the many community groups which are finding new and practical uses for redundant SWR spaces which might otherwise remain vacant for years.
Anne Sayer, a Director of Solent Remade, said: “We can’t express our gratitude enough to all those organisations that have helped us make this project a reality - especially South Western Railway and Community Rail Network, without whom it really would not have been possible”
“Solent Remade is looking forward to using the space to make a real difference in the local community”.