The widow of former Seaton Tramway Chairman Trevor Shears has pledged to donate £1million to the tramway towards the redevelopment of the Seaton terminus. Lyn Shears will be giving the money over several instalments to help fulfil one of Mr Shears’ wishes of a fully modernised terminus at Seaton to welcome passengers ahead of their three mile trip to Colyton.
Plans for a new terminus at Seaton were first unveiled in May 2015 and it had originally been planned that the work would have been completed in time for spring 2016 however at the time of writing work has yet to commence. It is felt that the current Victoria style terminus is now out of place as it is surrounded by a Tesco superstore and the Jurassic Coast Visitor Centre and the plans would see a covered terminus constructed including in-depth interpretation boards of the tramway’s route and history. It is reported in the local press that this would be the start of “A Journey in Time” for passengers starting off from a modern terminus and being transported back to Victorian times at Colyton Station.
Lyn Shears said: “Trevor had a lifelong passion for transport, having worked in the bus industry for most of his career, and loved being involved at Seaton Tramway for its mixture of heritage transport and outstanding scenery and wildlife. Trevor worked hard to help the Tramway fulfil its potential, and at the time of his death, his greatest wish was to see a new, modernised terminus built at Seaton, which would enhance the Tramway and secure its future for decades to come. Trevor was determined to make this project happen and I’m proud to make this donation in his memory in order to make it a reality.”
Trevor Shears started as a volunteer at Seaton in 1977 before becoming a Director in 1991 and was Chairman between 2005 and his death in 2014.
It is not yet known when work will commence on the new terminus.