BCP Council is pleased to confirm that following a successful tender process, Track Systems based in Shropshire have been awarded the contract to construct a new railway track and engine shed at Poole Park Railway.
Poole Park Railway was suspended in 2018 following a number of derailments and resignations of volunteers.
BCP Council has awarded a contract for new facilities as part of a £350,000 investment.
Volunteers took over as drivers, guards, and ticket office attendants after the attraction was threatened with closure.
In May the following year, the then-Borough of Poole Council suspended the service amid safety concerns.
Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cleansing and Waste, said: “BCP Council has always been committed to rebuilding Poole Park Railway, and awarding this contract is the first step in getting the Poole Park Railway back on track.
“Earlier this year we made a clear financial commitment to ensuring this iconic and much-loved attraction be returned to Poole Park. These plans will mean the track and engine shed will be improved. Our Big Plan sets out that the rejuvenation of Poole is a key priority for us, and bringing the railway back to Poole Park reinforces this commitment. This investment will ensure the long term future of this special asset for future generations.
“Poole Park Railway is special to local residents and tourists alike. It has been a feature since 1949, and I’m so pleased that we will soon see the railway back in action.”
Work on site to construct the new larger engine shed and track is anticipated to begin later this year, with an expectation of the service being operational next Summer.
Planning permission was granted in August 2019 for the demolition and replacement of the existing Engine Shed; details available at www.boppa.poole.gov.uk/online-applications