South West Community Cycles (SWCC) is an established Social Enterprise based in Pollokshaws West Railway Station, on the periphery of Pollok Park). In recent years we have developed into a community hub, and now have an extensive record of providing local people (the majority of whom reside in the Southside of Glasgow, encompassing Shawlands, Pollokshaws and the Greater Pollok area, part of which is a “Thriving Place”) with cycling services, volunteering opportunities, training and personal development activities.
South West Community Cycles is based within the historic Pollokshaws West Train Station which was built in 1848. Pollokshaws West Train Station is a B listed building originally built by the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway.
The train lines were originally designed to serve industry rather than passengers and there was a branch line after Pollokshaws to Thornliebank Printworks which had its own terminus at Speirsbridge Goods Station. Pollokshaws and Thornliebank were both heavily involved in the textile industries and the coming of the railway allowed the rapid movement of raw materials and finished goods. The railway was also used to transport the cream coloured Giffnock sandstone from the quarries to the city, where much of it was used in the construction of Glasgow’s Victorian buildings. There was a branch line from Braidbar Quarry and Orchard Quarry to Giffnock Station, from where the stone would pass through Pollokshaws on its way to the city.
In 2007 a Partnership was formed between South West Community Cycles, Scotrail and the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust to regenerate the railway station building which had lain derelict for approximately 30 years. The building was officially opened in August 2013 at a cost of approximately £760,000.
The interior was designed by architect Richard Shorter who tried to restore the building with as many original features as possible – windows in original positions, shutters, wood panelling, made to order/to size bricks for renovating wall behind the biomass boiler etc.
South West Community Cycles took over Pollokshaws West Railway Station under the “adopt a station” initiative giving us a 50 year lease which is reviewed after 25 years. Adopt a station is a UK wide initiative whose aim is to reuse empty station buildings and use them for community initiatives.