West Somerset Railway and local MP boost for English Tourism

Local MP Ian Liddell -Grainger met West Somerset Railway managers and staff today to visit works that have been carried out on the line over the winter shut down period and to hear about their plans for 2024 which is the 150th anniversary of the opening of the railway to Minehead. 

The railway reopens on Saturday 23rd March, on time to mark the end of Visit Britain’s Tourism Week.

Much work has been done during the winter to put the railway in good fettle for the season and exciting plans are in hand for new attractions for families and to mark the railway’s anniversary and the reopening of the refurbished museum at Blue Anchor. 

Ian Liddell Grainger commended staff and volunteers on their work in getting the railway ready and for its huge importance as the longest heritage railway in England in supporting the local West Somerset economy.

WSR General Manager Kerry Noble said, “Last year was good year for the railway, we are planning for a bumper season this year as visitors rediscover the jewel that is West Somerset and the best way to do that is from one of our trains.”

For further details see www.west_somerset_railway.co.uk.


15th March, 2024
by West Somerset Railway
3 Min Read

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