Village hopes back on track

All Aboard: Crich Tramway Museum Business Development Manager Laura Greaves is looking forward to a positive future for the tourist attraction as it reopens for the new season.
All Aboard: Crich Tramway Museum Business Development Manager Laura Greaves is looking forward to a positive future for the tourist attraction as it reopens for the new season.

A POPULAR tourist destination in the Dales is keeping its fingers crossed for a brighter summer after the recent snow cost it almost £30,000 in lost revenue.

Crich Tramway Village and the National Tramway Museum was late opening and missed the February half-term holidays because of the plummeting temperatures.

Snow and ice made it impossible for safety maintenance and track inspections to be carried out.

“Not opening that week really hit us financially,” explained spokesperson Laura Greave.

“Maintenance was not able to be done, and with visitor numbers not being brilliant last year it was not the good start to 2012 that we had hoped.

“We did manage to open last weekend but the weather was still not that brilliant.

“With Crich being that high up it takes quite a while to get rid of snow and ice.

“Hopefully we have seen the last of it though.

“Being a registered charity, we need this income.”

The Crich Tramway Village overlooks the Derwent Valley and is home to a working vintage tram fleet and line, period village and tramway history exhibition.

The village is set around a period street and includes a cafe, old-style sweet shop and the museum’s tram depots.

It is open on weekends up until the end of March, then will open every day of the week until November.

The Village‘s Gift Aid scheme means visitors to pay for entry the first time they visit can return free of charge as many times as they like over the next 12 months.