A group of local people have come together to form a new Community Rail group for Swinton Station. In partnership with SYPTE and Northern Rail, the station group aims to connect the local community to the station and the wider railway network, enhance the station environment and use the space as a venue to showcase the unique character of this community.
Community library - to help the waiting room feel more appealing to customers SYPTE’s Rail Team decided to launch a book swap in the waiting room for passengers to borrow and share books. The next stage is to add children’s books to encourage more families to use the space and to engage with school groups.
Defibrillator Project – SYPTE, in partnership with Rotherham Councillor Ken Wyatt, has secured a public access defibrillator for Swinton station which anyone can use in an emergency. It will currently be stored inside the station so will only be accessible during opening hours. However, charity Start A Heart 24:7 has offered to source and fund a specialised temperature-controlled cabinet for the external wall of the station building to improve community access to this vital piece of life saving equipment.
Opening Shutters Project – the station waiting room's permanently closed shutters on its back wall have been replaced with one large, opening, powered shutter which floods the waiting room with natural light and opens up the view to create a calm and friendly environment for passengers.