Updated: Feb 26
The Severn Valley Railway has said although it will not be open from April 2 as originally announced, its first planned event will take place in April. Passengers who had booked to travel but no longer can will be contacted and issued a refund or a change of date for travel.
It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out a plan for lockdown restrictions to come to an end, meaning the railway will restart its public services from April 12, before launched its Spring Steam Up event from April 15 to 18.
When the railway reopens, passengers will travel in their own private compartment, which will be theirs for the whole day. Other Covid-safe measures will be in place, such as social distancing and hand sanitization stations.
Takeaway food will be available from the railway’s refreshment rooms, and its pubs at Kidderminster and Bridgnorth will offer outdoor table service. The Engine House must remain closed until at least May 17, when restrictions may be lifted on indoor attractions.
Both the Spring Steam Up and the Diesel Bash, which runs between May 13 and 16, will go ahead as planned.