National Lottery success for Seaton Tramway

PUBLISHED: 11:01 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:30 04 August 2017

Seaton Tramway which runs alongside the River Axe.

Seaton Tramway which runs alongside the River Axe.


Tourist attraction’s ‘Travels through Heritage and The Axe Valley’ project in line to receive £420,000

Seaton Tramway which runs alongside the River Axe. Picture Matt JessopSeaton Tramway which runs alongside the River Axe. Picture Matt Jessop

Seaton Tramway is on track to receive more than £400,000 of Lottery funding.

The popular tourist has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) development grant of £45,000 to progress its ‘Travels through Heritage and The Axe Valley’ project – with the chance to apply for a full award of £420,000 later.

Officials at the charity say the project will form an important part of the on-going development and success of the Tramway.

This winter, building commences for the new £2million Seaton terminus and the National Lottery funding will follow on from its opening in Spring 2018, during the period 2019 – 2022.

The ‘Travels through Heritage and The Axe Valley’ will enhance the new terminus with new and exciting interpretation.

Jenny Nunn, Chief Executive at Seaton Tramway said: “National Lottery funding will enable us together with our partners to provide in-depth engagement with visitors, staff, volunteers and new audiences through an ambitious programme of new interpretation, facilities, training, learning, events and long-term activities.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support.”

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re delighted to support this project which will ensure heritage is at the heart of Seaton Tramway’s exciting vision for the future. Natural heritage, stories of the historic tramway and local communities are all set to benefit so we look forward to seeing the plans develop!”

Further information on the project and its progress will be available on the Seaton Tramway website

• This popular tramway attraction has been based in the coastal town of Seaton for the past 47 years and each year carries thousands of delighted passengers along its three-mile route between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon’s glorious Axe Valley.

• The historic 2’9” gauge trams travel alongside the beautiful River Axe estuary through two nature reserves, giving unrivalled views of the abundant wading bird life that surrounds it.

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