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SEATON: More track reopens

Thursday, 13 March 2014

After the Valentine’s night storm ravaged half a mile of the track at Seaton Tramway, engineers and contractors have been working hard over the past few weeks to reinstate the section of track running from the Seaton Terminus to Axmouth Loop on the River Axe Estuary.
As well as coordinating a huge clean-up operation, tonnes of fill and track ballast have been brought in to ensure a smooth ride when the Tramway reopened its doors last weekend.
Although major repairs are ongoing in the section between Axmouth Loop and Colyford Station, the Tramway was determined to offer visitors to the infamous Grizzly event a chance to ride on one of its trams on two sections of the scenic route until it can finally re-open in full for Easter.
Managing director Jenny Nunn said: “Although there is still much work to be done until we can re-open the line fully, this sends out a positive message to visitors that we’re open for business.”
The Tramway was to open its doors for daily service on February 15th but due to the storm damage had no alternative but to close over February half-term week.
Buoyed by local and national support, the company also arranged for two of its smaller double-decker trams to be transported by road on Friday, February 21st from its base at Seaton to Colyton in order that a mini service could start operating from there to Colyford, whilst the major repairs are taking place to the track further to the south. Visitors are now able to purchase a ‘Rainbow ticket’ at the special price of £5 for adults (£2.50 for children) which can be used on each section for one round trip Colyton to Colyford and Seaton to Axmouth on the day of purchase, or alternatively they can chose to travel on one section and return again for free before Easter to do the second trip.

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