Seaton Tramway in East Devon has received a grant of £217,500 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.
Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Seaton Tramway in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
Seaton Tramway, which is a registered charity, has been operating in Seaton since August 1970 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. The Tramway operates a 3-mile track between the coastal town of Seaton and the town of Colyton and has a fleet of 14 trams. The trams range in age from 1904 to 2007 and include a fleet of heritage trams of which ran on the streets of London, Bournemouth and includes the last surviving tram to run on the streets of Exeter.
The funding comes at welcome time for the Tramway as it has had to endure huge losses during the Covid-19 lockdown, closing from 23rd March to 4th July, 5th November – 2nd December and has been permanently closed since 30th December 2020. The Tramway has been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation from Visit England and the AA ‘Covid-Secure’ badge. The trams have been running at a lower capacity since 4th July due to social distancing. However, with the hard work of staff & volunteers, we have successfully kept the site covid secure and welcomed many delighted visitors over the brief summer season.
Seaton Tramway hopes to reopen again from 10am, 12th April. www.tram.co.uk
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