Its now been a week since the Office of Road Rail forced the Crich Tramway Village to close as a result of safety concerns and after initial work it has been confirmed that the museum site will be able to reopen from Wednesday 25th May. However, trams will not run – and will be unable to do so for “some weeks” – and a visit will consist of The Red Lion, Rita’s Tearooms, the shops, Eagle Press, outdoor play area and Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail only. A reduced admission price will be in place whilst trams can’t run.
As we saw last week the ORR issued a prohibition notice on the museum opening because of safety concerns over the condition of some of the overhead infrastructure. This centered on areas around the depot fan and also by The Red Lion. Since the museum was told to close on Tuesday 17th May further investigations have taken place along with planning for completing the repairs. This has seen work undertaken at The Red Lion making this safer but the work around the depot fan will take longer to complete.
All of this means that as from Wednesday 25th May it will be possible to open the museum site although much of what makes it the Crich Tramway Village will not be accessible. The depot area, Great Exhibition Hall and indoor play area will still remain closed for now. Anyone visiting will still be able to go to The Red Lion, Rita’s Tearooms, the shops, Eagle Press, the outdoor play area and along the Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail.
Taking this into consideration a reduced admission price will be offered – £10 for adults and seniors and free admission for children. This will be a single day admission ticket and won’t allow re-entry later in the year when presumably trams will be running again. The normal priced tickets are still available to purchase and anyone who holds one of these will be able to use it for re-entry.
Its planned that the Great British Seaside event will still be on (28th May to 4th June) but trams will not be running so it will just consist of the fairground rides and other attractions which are part of this event.
The full statement on the Crich website states: “We are able to open some areas from Wednesday 25th May, but this excludes the exhibition hall, indoor play area and tram depots due to safety concerns around our depot fan. We regret we are unable to run trams and this may be the case for some weeks.”
More updates as they come.