All change at Spalding Railway Station?

Is a revamp on the cards for Spalding Railway Station?
Is a revamp on the cards for Spalding Railway Station?

East Midlands Trains (EMT) is exploring options to redevelop Spalding Railway Station by opening up what it calls a “community space”.

The news follows the ending of the “underlease” with South Holland Radio Community Interest Company Ltd, whose broadcasting house was based there, and a court order that gave EMT consent to re-enter and secure the rooms it used.

Earlier this year, EMT ended an agreement with Spalding Station Adoption Group, which was headed by South Holland Radio’s Alan North.

Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum is currently seeking talks with EMT with a view to becoming the new station adopters and, if they are successful, hope to put out a rallying call to the public to help transform the building and possibly put in new services like a cafe.

EMT has this week declined to comment on the reasons for taking back the rooms used by the radio station that broadcasts on the Internet.

An EMT spokesman told us: “Unfortunately the former lease agreement between East Midlands Trains and South Holland Radio has come to an end.

“As you may have seen, we have recently signed a new agreement with the Department of Transport that will see our franchise extended until at least March 2018, and as part of our future plans, we are looking to create community spaces at some of our stations and Spalding would be an ideal location for this.

“We are currently exploring the opportunities available.”

Transport forum chairman George Scott said the station is in “a dilapidated state” and he would like to see it transformed but only if the community decides it is important and gives its backing by volunteering to help.

He said: “The railway station is a gateway to Spalding and doesn’t give a very favourable impression.”

• The Spalding Guardian was unable to reach South Holland Radio for a comment.

Previously ...

Spalding Railway Station gets a new lease of life