Telford Steam Railway seeks Ironbridge site plan support

Buildwas Power Station
Heritage railway looking for support to lay tracks over former power station site
Published Thu, 2018-10-25 15:05

The Telford Steam Railway hopes to gain support to lay fresh tracks down on a prominent heritage location, the former site of the Ironbridge Power Station in Buildwas.

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The Telford Horsehay Steam Trust (THST) which runs the railway hopes to lay a new track to Ironbridge to improve public transport to the World Heritage Site and attract more tourists. The project would involve crossing the A4169 road, for which approval has already been acquired. The railway hopes to fund much of the project through its successful Polar Express service, which they acquired the rights to operate during December, since 2017.

Trustees have launched a new website to help promote their project and have recently held consultations showcasing the proposal blueprint so that members of the public, and transport service partners can study and add input. 

The trust hopes to bring more than 100,000 visitors to the area and generate £2m in annual turnover if the tourist attraction, which currently runs from Lawley Village to Horsehay & Dawley, can be extended to the Ironbridge Gorge, a World Heritage Site. 

The trusts new website can be found here - https://steamingtoironbridge.co.uk.

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