2 Pins Group looking at possibility of Pinwherry rail stop

How the 2 Pins Centre would look inside.
How the 2 Pins Centre would look inside.

The 2 Pins Company which is leading the fight to have a new community facility built in Pinwherry is working on plans to potentially bring back a rail stop in the village.

The 2 Pins Company which is leading the fight to have a new community facility built in Pinwherry is working on plans to potentially bring back a rail stop in the village.

The company is working in conjuction with community rail group SAYLSA to explore the possibility of bringing a rail stop into use at the site of the proposed new 2Pins Centre in the village.

They are set to carry out a community survey among residents of Pinwherry and Colmonell to ascertain who would use the rail halt if it was brought into use.

The rail stop would replace the old Pinwherry station which was closed 50 years ago and a stop was identified as one of the community’s needs when Pinwherry and Pinmore Community Council received funding in 2008 from the Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund.

Richard Carr, SAYLSA’s development manager said: “ The issue of rural transport remains a problem and indeed for many an increasing issue. Whilst we currently enjoy lower fuel costs, this is not likely to last forever and already prices are starting to creep back up. Fixed costs like insurance and the ability to finance vehicles remains a concern particularly where the economy is struggling and many younger people cannot afford to run a car because of the cost constraints. “There is also the issue of road maintenance and associated costs and the communities in the Stinchar Valley are all too well aware of the issues surrounding the A714.

“It is thus against this background that a proposal to see greater use of public transport has emerged and an opportunity has arisen with the development of the 2Pins Centre at Pinwherry.

“An option is to consider the re-opening of a rail station to serve the Stinchar Valley at Pinwherry. This closed 50 years ago this year along with that at Pinmore and many others on the line between Ayr and Stranraer. An alternative is to improve the bus service serving Colmonell and Pinwherry.

“Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Increased bus services are easier to procure, but funding will remain on ongoing issue.

“A rail station is an expensive initial capital outlay, but does have the advantage of using a service already in existence thus the ongoing running costs are likely to be less.”

The survey will be sent out with a stamped addressed envelope for replies. Should further survey forms or information be required please contact Peter Walker The 2 Pins Centre Pinwherry KA26 0RP

The 2 Pins Community Company is limited by guarantee with charity status and has over 60 members with a board of directors from the local community.

The company have purchased land in the centre of the village on Main Street to build a new facility to replace the old village hall.

The hall is of 1960s construction, awkwardly sited and is non compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act and is not fit for purpose.

Planning consent for the centre has now been consented and the company have taken a holistic view to ensure the new centre will be fit for future generations.

The new centre will include: Disabled Access to all areas, an entrance foyer displaying local history, arts and crafts. A five a side football pitch in the main hall which can also accommodate three badminton courts and split into two areas with changing facilities and showers. The hall will also cater for weddings, parties, conferences etc. There will be a community cafe and retail shop as well as a large committee meeting room and one large art and crafts room. There will be office space and a kitchen suitable for use at events and a children’s play area.There will also be a cash point and ample car parking.

The company are currently working on a stage 2 application to the Big Lottery Fund for £1m having been successful at Stage One.

The project will bring economic benefit to the area with employment opportunities, volunteering opportunities and a better way of life. All are welcome to attend 2 Pins Meetings every second Thursday at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.