Following the conclusion of the Great British Seaside event – which ran from 28th May to 4th June albeit without any trams – the Crich Tramway Village have announced that the museum will now only be open on limited dates until repairs to the infrastructure can be completed. At the same time there has been a further reduction in admission prices.
The last trams to run at Crich were on Tuesday 17th May (Blackpool 167, Leeds 180 and Oporto 273) after which the Office for Road and Rail issued prohibition notices on two locations on the tramway due to safety concerns over the infrastructure. The first issue was outside The Red Lion (since rectified) with the second being on the depot fan.
In both cases there was concern that the “overhead line equipment and supporting structures” were not safe. For the section of overhead outside The Red Lion the concerns related to “a connection on the cantilever arm is split which could give rise to failure” whilst that on the depot fan said “there is evidence of significant corrosion to both poles [pole 2 and 4] which could give rise to structural failure”.
Following these prohibition notices the museum was closed to the public but after some work was undertaken it was possible for the site to be opened – although no trams could run and the depot and Exhibition Hall were closed to the public. This reopening started from Wednesday 25th May and reduced admission was offered (£10 adults/seniors, free for children) with The Red Lion, Rita’s Tea Rooms, shop, Eagle Press, Assembly Rooms exhibition, Workshop viewing gallery, Stephenson Discovery Centre, Woodland Walk and Wakebridge all open.
This mean that the usually popular Great British Seaside event went minus trams and following the conclusion of this there has been a rethink of opening and admission prices.
For now admission has been further reduced to (a more reasonable) £5 for adults/seniors (children still free) and the museum site will only be open on limited days. For week commencing 6th June that means it will only be open on Wednesday 8th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June.
In one of their latest statements on social media it has also been confirmed that they are waiting for the delivery and installation of new traction poles to replace poles 2 and 4 on the depot fan. Until these arrive and are fully installed and tested there will be no trams running so expect the continued reduced opening until then.