Boost To Island Community Schemes

Thursday 08th March 2018
South Western Railway’s £81,000 boost to Island community schemes

  • More than £81,000 will be awarded to four projects from 1 April 2018
  • Local groups were encouraged to apply for community funding related to the railway at the end of 2017 
  • All four of the chosen schemes will help to boost development and have a real community benefit 

South Western Railway has announced that it has awarded more than £81,000 towards community rail projects on the Isle of Wight as part of the Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF). This forms part of SWR’s wider £300,000 commitment to community improvement schemes on the Island until the end of the current franchise.

Isle Access, Ryde Esplanade Station - £50,000
Install a fully accessible café, including a kitchen, Changing Places toilet and information office complete with wheelchair hire facilities. This scheme is supported by SWR with a peppercorn rent and access to project management expertise. 

Alison Kinloch, from Isle Access, said: "Isle Access is delighted to learn of the successful outcome of the bid to the CCIF for £50,000 towards the Ryde Esplanade project and deeply appreciative of the help and support given to us by the Community Rail Partnership.
“The project aims to deliver a valuable community facility incorporating a fully accessible café and kitchen at this major transport hub for the Isle of Wight, together with an Accessibility Information hub and a community training/meeting room.”

Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership - Sandown Station Community Rooms £18,835
Decorate and fit out community rooms and toilets at the station in order to increase community activities and social engagement.

Bobby Lock, Development Officer for Lymington-Brockenhurst and Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership, said: "Receiving this grant is fantastic for the Isle of Wight, Sandown station and the people it serves. It will enable us to fully refurbish the rooms and support the hub of activities and clubs which mean so much to the local community. To follow the project development and for more information on how you can benefit from the community rooms find us on our dedicated Facebook page."

Isle of Wight Bus and Rail User Group, bus shelter at Shanklin station - £5,500
Provide a bus waiting shelter at Shanklin station South to improve connectivity with the seafront.

Stuart George, from the Isle of Wight Bus and Rail User Group, said: “We are delighted with the success of the bid for funding from South Western Railway’s Customer and Communities Improvement Fund to provide a bus shelter at the stop outside Shanklin railway station.  This shelter will provide a seat and protection from the weather for rail passengers continuing their journeys by bus. This will improve the journey experience for rail passengers travelling on to Ventnor on route 3 and also those using the seasonal tourist services.  The group has long campaigned for this facility and are very grateful to South Western Railway for awarding funding to provide it.  We look forward to seeing the new shelter installed."

Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum , repaint frontage and improve signage at museum and station - £7,000
Repaint and make good the lineside frontage of the museum, add additional signage to improve usage and encourage train travel to this free museum and visitor attraction.

Bill Ackroyd, Chairman Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum, said "This funding award is magnificent and will enable us to improve and renovate the side of the building alongside the railway line. This will enhance the lineside and will go a long way towards improving the area. With the additional signage at St Johns' Road station, the visitor numbers to the museum will be enhanced, and the overall visitor experience will be much improved.”

Richard Kempton, Community Rail Manager for South Western Railway, said: “We were delighted to receive such strong nominations for the CCIF award. As you will see, the successful projects will all have a really positive impact on the Island’s development and help to address areas of social need on different parts of the network.
“We’re looking forward to seeing these projects develop and will continue to support them as much as we can in the coming weeks and months.”