Cleethorpes unveils extension plan at 70th birthday bash

THE Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway celebrated its 70th birthday by announcing a £250,000 plan to build a southern extension to boost its appeal to the tourist market

The 15in gauge line is to extend by about two thirds of a mile to the Thorpe Park caravan site, crossing Buck Beck, while building a new station at the entrance to The Fitties, it was announced.

The aim is to take the railway further into the public transport sector, linking up at its northern end with the Cleethorpes road train, which operates along the prom.

One-time Fairbourne Railway stalwarts Katie (left) and Sian visited the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway for its 70th birthday celebrations over the weekend of July 14-15. RYAN MIDDLETON/CCLR

John said: “People can put their bikes or prams on the train and use the line as a way of getting around with a difference.”

His business partner Peter Bryant, said: “It will be a game-changer for us and it will provide the town with a significant economic boost.”

The cost of the extension will be largely met by John and Peter, but external funding will also be sought.

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