Work starts to make Trimley station weatherproof ahead of it becoming a community hub and cafe
- Credit: Sarah Lucy brown
Urgent repairs are under way following the signing of a lease to save a village’s railway station from the bulldozers.
Campaigners have been working for the past four years to secure the future of the building at Trimley after railway bosses announced their intention to knock it down.
Now the 121-year-old Victorian station on the Ipswich to Felixstowe line is set to become a £350,000 community facility – a cafe, information centre, offices and meeting room.
Trimley Station Community Trust chairman Robert Scrimgeour said: “We are very grateful for the very patient support and enduring faith shown by a huge number of people in the Trimleys and Felixstowe in the merits of our project to restore this cherished local historic building.
“We are also pleased that our partner in the project, Abellio Greater Anglia, has come good on their promise of support.
“Patience, however, does not keep the rain out, which is why it is vital that we undertake the urgent works to weatherproof the damaged building as quickly as possible.”
Thanks to £7,000 from fundraising, £4,000 from Suffolk Coastal’s grant fund and grants from county councillor John Goodwin and district councillor Susan Harvey, the initial repairs to make the building safe and weatherproof are under way.