£397,000 Awarded to the North Norfolk Railway by HM Government
The North Norfolk Railway has been awarded £397,000 by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This is part of a large investment in to the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, and will help organisations such as the North Norfolk Railway with its recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
We are thrilled to have been awarded £397,000 in funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. In addition to the £360,000 we received in 2020 from the same fund, this totals £757,000 in crucial funding to help fill the gaps of income where we have been closed over the last year.
This funding will go towards vital infrastructure work that hasn’t been able to be completed as of yet due to the ongoing Pandemic. All of this work will help to make the Railway even better for our visitors.
Thanks to the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, we can continue to be #HereForCulture.
Hugh Harkett, Managing Director of the North Norfolk Railway said:
“We are delighted to have just received from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Grant amounting to £ 397,000. This is a very timely award to the North Norfolk Railway PLC which has not been operating for the past 3 months and only at one third of its capacity in 2020. Thus, the Grant will help us to get ready for our services in 2021 which will be starting as daily on 12 April and hopefully continuing to build to capacity by mid-summer. There is much to be done in preparing for this and the funding will be vital for this work when you consider that our revenue stream was so depleted in the past 12 months or so. We are busy checking our infrastructure, our locomotives and carriages so people can come and enjoy the stunning North Norfolk vistas in the “COVID-safe” environment of our compartment trains. We look forward to seeing our visitors again this year and we are grateful for the support of DCMS and the NLHF.”
The North Norfolk Railway will be reopening for public passenger services on April 12th 2021. In order to do this safely, we have implemented the same rigorous procedures that we did when reopening in July 2020 after the first lockdown. This includes treating our trains with a ‘fogging’ application regularly, and imposing social distancing and mask wearing on our site.
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