New £3million state-of-the-art tram station to open at Seaton
PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:25 21 June 2018
A new state-of-the art station will be opened by Seaton Tramway – the result of 10 years of planning and hard work.
The £3million facility, which boasts a café and gift shop, will allow visitors to immerse themselves in the history and operations of the tramway before boarding a tram and travelling back in time to a golden age of travel.
Tramway chief executive Jenny Nunn said: “The new project has been a huge undertaking by the tramway and represents major investment in the tourism economy of Seaton.
“The town has witnessed a very successful regeneration project over the past few years, which has seen the addition of Tesco, Seaton Jurassic, Premier Inn and 220 Bovis homes.
“The new station will be one of the final pieces in the puzzle for the town’s regeneration project and a unique addition to the Southwest’s coastline. With the 301 square metres of internal space, it will enable the charity to attract even more visitors to the area than ever before.”
The station is the first new facility to be built by a heritage railway in several years.
Work into creating the new station in Seaton started last September. Almost 450 tonnes of ballast, 300 sleepers and over 190 piles have been used in the project to lift the station two metres above the ground.
The new building will be home to four new platforms, which will house four trams each night.
As well as the opening of the new station, there will also be the opening of a brand-new café and gift shop, Claude’s, named after and dedicated to Seaton Tramway’s founder, Claude Lane.
‘Claude’s’ will also contain a giftshop, offering a brand-new range of souvenirs and gifts.
During construction of the new building, the tram service has been operating from the tramway’s Riverside Depot.
Until June 27, the tour will provide behind-the-scenes insights into the daily workings of the depot and a sneak preview of the new station before it opens.
The new station will be open from 10am on June 28 to welcome its first visitors through the doors. The first 1,000 visitors will each receive a limited-edition commemorative poster and will be the very first to experience the new operation.