Tourist treasure back on track to continue 50th anniversary

Seaton Tramway's operators are gearing up for a return to operations

Seaton Tramway's operators are gearing up for a return to operations - Credit: Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway hopes to re-open on April 12 at 10am, subject to the lifting of government restrictions.

Staff said trams will be running every 30 minutes until 5pm and invited visitors to “journey back in time to a golden age of travel and enjoy the panoramic delights of the Axe Valley”.

A spokesman said: “The health and safety of Seaton Tramway’s staff and visitors remains our number one priority. The successful Covid-safe response which was put in place in 2020 will continue from April 12 in line with government guidelines. Capacity on trams will be reduced. 

“Hand sanitising stations will be present at all entrance and exits. The rule of six will be in place until at least June 21.”

2021 is the 50th year of trams operating in Seaton following its anniversary on August 28, 2020. Seaton Tramway hopes to start introducing new offers for visitors to the Axe Valley. 

The 2021 season will see the opening of two new halts across the three-mile line. These are Riverside Halt and Wetlands Halt, which should be open before the summer. Families can include Gilbert’s Trail as part of their visit to Seaton Tramway, with a 14-page booklet full of activities, information and a stamp hunt! 

A spokesman said: “Money raised through ticket sales will ensure the continuation of our much-loved tramway as we look forward to once again taking people on a trip through the wonderful Axe Valley!

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“The majority of our events and experiences will continue after June 21 following updates to the government guidance. Please note that if you have purchased a ticket to an event or experience prior to this date, you will be contacted soon by a member of staff.

“The recent lockdown has been a devastating blow at the end of an already difficult 12 months for attractions and heritage railways like Seaton Tramway. Once again the tramway is appealing to its visitors through its Tramathon 2021 appeal. 

“Donations can be made via the website or added to tickets purchased. Visitors are also reminded to Gift Aid their tickets at no extra cost to them. Gift Aid allows Seaton Tramway to claim an extra 25p per £1, making your money go further.”

Tramathon 2021 will be celebrated with a 24-hour live tram service on June 5 and 6. More information can be found at tram.co.uk/Tramathon.

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