Swindon's Railway Heritage Map
Take a tour of Swindon's railway heritage and find out how the Swindon Heritage Action Zone will unlock its potential.
The Swindon Heritage Action Zone was launched in June 2019, an ambitious five year plan to revitalise the town’s unique heritage and unlock its economic potential.
The Swindon Heritage Action Zone will breathe new life into the town’s Railway Village, an area rich in heritage and full of promise, to make it a more attractive place to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.
The HAZ will pool the skills and resources of a number of partners to regenerate Brunel’s 1841 Great Western Railway Works and the village built to house its thousands of employees. It will restore and repair neglected public buildings and bring them back into use, improve public spaces and connections between the village and the town centre, and promote and celebrate the area’s special qualities, helping to instil a sense of local pride.
Over the five year programme Swindon Borough Council and Historic England will jointly invest £7.6 million in this special area.
From the comfort of your own home you can also take a visual journey through Swindon's development as a railway town with a Google Arts and Culture exhibit gallery.
Sixteen separate projects – from repair schemes to place branding and public engagement – will add up to make a big difference to Swindon’s future prosperity.
With the appointment of Project Officer Karen Phimister, work is set to begin with a review of listings, a Conservation Area appraisal and key research work.
The HAZ brings together established groups and partnership who share a passion for the potential of Swindon’s heritage. They include:-
The Swindon Heritage Action Zone will capitalise on the town’s proud railway heritage and make it easy for investors and developers to bring jobs, homes and visitors here..
The Heritage Action Zone will enable Swindon’s prized assets to flourish for years to come
There will be many opportunities to get involved in the Swindon HAZ and to celebrate Swindon’s railway heritage through events, exhibitions, publications and tours.
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