Crich Tramway Village to fully reopen after safety concerns

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Thu 30th June 2022

Crich Tramway Village will fully reopen this weekend after being partially closed for several weeks following safety concerns raised in May.

The attraction closed on May 18 after inspectors from the Office of Rail and Road highlighted two areas of concern.

One of those – repairs to a traction pole – were addressed swiftly and the village was able to partially reopen on May 25.

However, a restriction remained in place on the Depot Fan – where trams enter and exit the depot – and required extensive work by external contractors.

NET operator, Nottingham Trams Ltd, donated two traction poles and specialist contractors, Pod-Trak Ltd, carried out the pole replacement work.

It means that the attraction can now fully reopen to the public – with trams running – on Saturday (July 2).

Graeme Wigglesworth, engineering manager at Crich Tramway Village, said: “This important safety work had to be carried out before we could permit access to the affected areas to safeguard the public, our staff and volunteers.

“We are extremely grateful to Nottingham Trams Ltd for their support and are pleased to say that the work has been carried out efficiently by Pod-Trak Ltd.

“The overhead line is now in a good working order and trams are no longer restricted to 4mph.”

Trevor Stocker, head of operations at Nottingham Trams Ltd, said: “We are proud to be able to support Crich Tramway Village where we can and on this occasion our engineering team were able to help, which is great news.”

Dr Mike Galer, general manager of Crich Tramway Village, is looking forward to fully reopening the attraction.

He said: “I am grateful to all the volunteers and staff at Crich who worked tirelessly to resolve the issues and to do so much more while we were closed.

“As a thank you to Nottingham Trams Ltd, we will be offering NET staff free admission to Crich Tramway Village for the rest of this season.”

You can find out more about visiting the attraction here.

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