Aln Valley bags £146k grant for new halt and run-round

THE Aln Valley Railway (AVR) has scooped £146,000 to build a new halt and run-round loop.

The railway has been successful in its bid to get a Rural Development Programme for England grant to support local rural tourism infrastructure.

The grant, together with 20% match funding from cyclepath organisation Sustrans, amounts to £146,600.

A two-car DMU passes Greenrigg with the 12.40pm Alnmouth-Alnwick services on January 27, 1968, the last day of BR passenger trains on the Alnwich branch.

The project involves constructing a platform halt and run-round loop at Greenrigg, about halfway towards the line’s ultimate goal of reaching Alnmouth station. Some of the money will be used to buy a support coach – BG No. 31407 – which will be converted to provide a waiting room, toilet and cafe facilities for the new Greenrigg Halt.

The halt will provide a destination for passengers who may wish to alight for a picnic by the river, continue their journey on foot to experience the local wildlife, or visit local attractions such as the Cawledge viaduct and the River Aln, which can be crossed near this location using stepping stones.

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