Regeneration and rennovation of an old station house to a community space at the Scottish Borders station at Stow is nearing completion. The project, that began in February 2020 is due for completion in January 2021.
The redevelopment work is a community-managed project, led by the Stow Community Trust and supported by the ScotRail in the Community team. The project will be delivered at a cost of over £824,000, with £106,000 funding through the ScotRail Stations Community Regeneration Fund (SCRF) and additional match funding of over £700,000.
Additional community rail activity, with a focus on sustainable travel and fitness is planned for the station, including:
- The creation of a cycle hub on the site including a repair point and secure cycle storage for passengers;
- Taking forward a proposal to have a ‘pump track’ in Stow resulting from a community survey undertaken in September 2019. A pump track is a type of cycle track which focusses on circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden completely by riders “pumping” instead of pedalling or pushing.
- The local Pathways Group of the Parish of Stow Community Council has recently printed the first leaflet in a “Walks Around Stow” series. The first in a planned series of ten, the first leaflet features the Stow Heritage Trail which can be easily followed from the station.