Stakeholders in Bolton Station led by Paul Salveson have visited Kilmarnock Station to learn how, working with the ScotRail Alliance, the local community under the aegis of the Kilmarnock Railway Station Heritage Trust has brought unused buildings into use for a variety of purposes. The buildings have now been renovated and the station now boasts a meeting-room, second-hand bookshop, coffee-shop, giftshop, complimentary therapist, railway archive and active travel hub.
Located at the heart of the town, the station offers non-judgmental space to aid community cohesion, and successful networking has spread the word about its suitability as a venue. The visitors also saw how the proud civic and industrial traditions of Kilmarnock are commemorated in the richly-decorated underpass, whose treatment by Wave Particle won last year’s Community Rail Award for large artworks. And on the train back to Glasgow there was time to enjoy a hot or cold drink from the new catering trolley service introduced on the Sou’West line by ScotRail in December.