Heritage railway patiently waiting to get up steam again

A HERITAGE railway in the Staffordshire Moorlands remains stopped in its tracks by the coronavirus pandemic, but bosses are hopeful of being able to get up steam again soon.

The Churnet Valley Railway (CVR) is one of many popular tourist attractions across the district hit by lockdown and consequently suffering a heavy loss of income from visitors.

CVR managing director Gregory Wilson said: "Our reopening rate is being kept under constant review, with a date in July currently the earliest we believe possible.

"Customers who booked dates in June are in the process of being contacted."

Mr Wilson said ways we being looked at how they can adapt to the likely requirements from the Government, the Regulator and the Industry Association that would allow them to reopen for business.

He added: "The Board of Directors are keeping abreast of the fast changing lockdown rules, social distancing obligations and ever-increasing social views of this pandemic."

The deadly virus has dealt a crippling blow the local economy through cancellation of a series of major social events.

Attractions lost include Leek Club Day, Leek Show and Cheadle Carnival.

Ipstones Agricultural Show, due to have taken place at the end of August, has already been cancelled early because of uncertainty about the future.

An Ipstones Show spokesman said: "It is with great regret that we have no alternative but to cancel this year's show planned for Saturday, August 29, due to Covid-19 and the uncertainty of what Government advice will be in the future months regarding large gatherings of people.

"Also we were uncertain whether we would be able to have any cattle to display ; as other shows have cancelled, the exhibitors have turned their animals out for the summer.

"We will now continue planning for next years show, which will be bigger and better as it is our 75th Show".


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