Plans revealed for £2m tram station
PUBLISHED: 08:12 29 April 2015 | UPDATED: 08:49 29 April 2015
New Seaton terminus could be open by spring next year
Seaton Tramway’s ambitious plans for a new £2million station will be formally unveiled next week.
The new, state-of-the-art terminus, at The Underfleet, will represent the biggest single investment in the popular tourist attraction’s long history.
Plans for the building have been drawn up by a firm of leading architects and will go on show at an exhibition at Seaton Town Hall, on Friday, May 8.
Jenny Nunn, chief executive, said the decision to build the new station followed a unanimous vote by directors to seek charitable status to ensure the long-term future of the tramway.
She said: “This is such an exciting phase of the tramway’s long history in Seaton and is the culmination of many years of work with East Devon District Council and the various stakeholders in developing the masterplan for Seaton in which the tramway has played an integral part.”
Bruce Warnes, tramways chairman, said: “The new station represents the biggest capital investment ever made in the company’s history, and a massive vote of confidence in the local area.
“The tramway has attracted millions of visitors to Seaton over the years and we now wish to enhance that experience even more by providing a state-of-the-art tourist attraction fit for the 21st century visitor.”
Visitors to the exhibition - from noon to 4pm - will be able to see the tramway’s development and how the new station plans will complement Seaton Jurassic and the other development around it.
A planning application will be submitted shortly after the public exhibition and, if granted, construction will start in November ready for an opening in spring 2016.