Bridgnorth Cliff Railway making preparations for reopening

One of the county’s historic tourist attractions is preparing to reopen now the latest stage of lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

Bridgnorth's Cliff Railway will reopen on Monday
Bridgnorth's Cliff Railway will reopen on Monday

Bridgnorth Cliff Railway will be opening again on Monday, April 19, with staff currently carrying out up-to-date maintenance and final safety checks ahead of the date.

Cliff railway chairman Dr Malvern Tipping said they were excited at the prospect of welcoming passengers again.

He said: “As for other businesses and attractions, the last thirteen months have been very challenging for the cliff railway.

"We and our staff have tried to do all we can to make the facility safe for staff and passengers alike whilst trying to keep it afloat financially.

“Although I gather that Bridgnorth seemed rather quiet on its first day of the re-opening of non-essential shops and hospitality venues, market towns in my home county of Suffolk were busy.

"I am sure that numbers will pick up in Bridgnorth, too, in the coming days. Already, our staff have been receiving enquiries from passengers about our re-opening.

“Our staff are biting at the bit and are really enthusiastic about seeing the cliff railway back in operation.

“They and the management much look forward to welcoming back old faces as well as new passengers. We are much hoping that ‘staycations’ this year will help us to recover some of the heavy losses incurred over the last year.

“Also, we believe that the re-opening of both the cliff railway and the nearby Severn Valley Railway will help other businesses by encouraging visitors to the town.”

During the closure, the cliff railway took the opportunity to have contractors remove trees and saplings across the property after having been asked by the town clerk to remove tree growth next to the Stoneway Steps.

Dr Tipping said it means passengers will now have far better views from the cliff railway and Castle Terrace.

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