Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, has announced that some areas are now open to the public – although trams are still not running.
Following an inspection team from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), two distinct areas of concern were highlighted, and safety restrictions meant that the Derbyshire attraction decided to close to the public. After the completion of detailed repairs on the traction pole in the main street near the Red Lion pub, the restriction has been formally lifted, allowing access to the main street, refreshments, shops, Stephenson’s Discovery Centre, Workshop Viewing Gallery and Eagle Press.
The other restriction on the Depot Fan, where the trams enter and exit the depots, requires more extensive work by external contractors, and as such the tram depots, Exhibition Hall and indoor play area unfortunately remain closed, and it is therefore not possible to move and operate trams. The management will keep the public updated through their website and social media as to when trams will be able to resume operation.
Dr Mike Galer, General Manager at Crich Tramway Village, said: “We take safety very seriously at the Museum and we are opening the areas which are no longer under a safety restriction to visitors. Our Great British Seaside Event planned for Saturday 28 May to Saturday 4 June will go ahead with the entertainment planned, but without the trams running.
“Since we cannot operate our trams and still have some areas closed, we are offering a discounted day entry price of just £10 for adults and offering free admission to children. Those visitors wishing to purchase free return tickets may still do so at our standard prices, so that they can return when all areas are fully accessible again.”
Tickets should be bought on arrival, as the discounted day tickets are not available online.