Following essential safety work, the vintage trams at Crich Tramway Village are running again – and the museum is excited to welcome visitors back for the summer from July 2.
The Derbyshire attraction has not been able to open all facilities, including tram operation, since May 18
following a visit by an inspection team from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). As reported, two traction poles that hold up the overhead line in the depot area had become corroded and were deemed to be a safety risk. The tram depots, main exhibition hall, and children’s soft play area were cordoned off as a result.
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New traction poles, known as masts, had to be sourced and were kindly donated by NET operator Nottingham Trams Limited. Specialist contractor Pod-Trak Ltd was engaged to undertake the traction pole replacement.
Graeme Wigglesworth, engineering manager at Crich Tramway Village, said: “This important safety work had to be carried out before we could permit access to the affected areas to safeguard the public, our staff, and volunteers. We are extremely grateful to Nottingham Trams Limited for its support and are pleased to say that the work has been carried out efficiently by Pod-Trak Ltd. The overhead line is now in good working order and trams are no longer restricted to 4mph.”
General manager Dr Mike Galer added: “I am delighted that we are able to re-open again with all facilities. I am grateful to all the volunteers and staff at Crich who worked tirelessly to resolve the issues and to do so much more while we were closed. As a thank you to Nottingham Trams Limited, we will be offering NET staff free admission to Crich Tramway Village for the rest of this season”.
Crich Tramway Village will open on Saturday, July 2 with all facilities available. The Classic Motorcycle Day on Sunday, July 3 will also go ahead with trams in operation.
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