ScotRail and Transport Scotland have teamed up to launch a new £1.5 million community fund to breathe new life into old and disused railway stations.
They’re inviting applications from individuals, groups and businesses who would like to regenerate old station rooms and buildings anywhere on the ScotRail network, including in Fife and Edinburgh.
The Stations Community Regeneration Fund will help transform redundant station premises into facilities which will benefit local people during the 10-year Abellio ScotRail franchise.
ScotRail says any projects which will benefit communities or rail passengers will be considered for grants of between £5,000 and £75,000, while bids for larger sums will be assessed on feasibility.
ScotRail Alliance managing director Phil Verster said: “We believe the Stations Community Regeneration Fund will make a real difference to customers and people living near stations – opening up social opportunities, restoring disused premises, and creating jobs.
“I encourage any community groups or businesses who think they can improve their local station to get in touch with ScotRail to discuss how the fund could help turn their ideas into reality.”
Grants can be used towards the cost of any structural repairs and for fitting out station premises for their intended use.
Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities, said: “The establishment of this fund is good news for local railway stations around Scotland and the communities they serve. I have visited a number of these projects in the past and have seen first-hand how effective this model of funding has been for securing access to new premises for local businesses and community groups. Using formerly derelict buildings also breathes new life into Scotland’s stations, improving the rail experience for passengers around the country.
“I am looking forward to seeing how this new round of investment, pledged by Transport Scotland and Abellio, will go towards further enhancing both facilities in stations and promoting sustainable developments in local communities.”
The Stations Community Regeneration Fund will be managed and administered by ScotRail, with applications evaluated jointly in conjunction with Transport Scotland.
Applications will be judged on whether they fit with the existing building, businesses and local area, how they meet a market or community demand, and the future benefits expected from the proposal.