Green light for new Seaton tramstop

PUBLISHED: 17:01 23 January 2020

Seaton Tram at the Colyford crossing. Ref edr 36 18TI 8995. Picture: Terry Ife

Seaton Tram at the Colyford crossing. Ref edr 36 18TI 8995. Picture: Terry Ife


A new tramstop that provides a direct link to Seaton Wetlands could be open by the Spring.

Seaton Tramway's Swan's Nest passing loop where the new station will be built. Picture Chris AllenSeaton Tramway's Swan's Nest passing loop where the new station will be built. Picture Chris Allen

Plans for a new station on the Seaton Tramway have been given the go ahead by East Devon District Council planners.

Currently the tramway, which runs between Seaton and Colyton, only stops off at Colyford, but soon, a new stop at the Seaton Wetlands will be created.

Commenting after the news was confirmed, a spokesman for Seaton Tramway said it was exciting news.

They added: "We are delighted that this application has been approved, which will provide an exciting link between Seaton and its award-winning Wetlands.

Seaton Wetlands. Picture: EDDCSeaton Wetlands. Picture: EDDC

"Our contractors are now moving to deliver the project, with a view to open and start accepting visitors in the Spring.

"This recognises a significant investment by both Seaton Tramway and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

"We would like to thank the consultees, contributors and all supporting parties that have made this long-held ambition become a reality."

The new tramstop is to be created at the existing Swan's Nest 'passing loop'.

It will allow passengers to alight from the tram and access directly onto the Wetlands and enable visitors, including people with physical disabilities, to get off the trams and explore this stunning natural environment.

Approving the plans under delegated powers, planning officers said: "This application represents a unique opportunity to provide a direct connection point between two of Seaton's major visitor attractions with potential benefits arising for both and the town.

"The proposal is considered to represent a positive benefit to the tourism and visitor offer of the town and to raise awareness of the local environment and biodiversity supported by the Wetlands."

The new tramstop is part of a masterplan that East Devon District Council's cabinet earlier this month threw their support behind.

It aims to create a new circular walking/cycle route around three of Seaton's most popular attractions - Seaton Wetlands, Seaton Jurassic and Seaton Tramway - run by different organisations, but who collectively offer a combined environmental, heritage and educational experience.

A group of officers and external partners will now form a project delivery group that will identify and report on the feasibility of delivery of these interventions, make recommendations for taking the projects forward, if feasible, and secure funding for their delivery, where funding is not already in place.

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