Residents and visitors to Poole Park will see some positive changes from next month, as works to reopen Poole Park Railway commence.
Following a successful tender process, the much loved Poole Park Railway is set to return next year. Track Systems, based in Shropshire, will begin work on site during the first week in December.
Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cleansing and Waste, said: “Getting Poole Park Railway up and running again has been a commitment we wanted to fulfil since the service was suspended in 2018.
“Rejuvenating Poole is a key priority of us and bringing the railway back on track reinforces this commitment. It is a special asset, which has been a feature since 1949, and I’m so pleased that we will soon see it back in action.”
Works are likely to continue on site throughout the winter and are not expected to be completed before April 2022. Demolition of the engine shed and removal of the current track is planned prior to Christmas. In the new year, work will begin to construct the new track, along with a brand new engine shed.
A public information event will be held on Tuesday 7 December from 12-3pm, in The Ark in Poole Park. Everyone is welcome to drop-in and have a look at the plans, meet the contractor and speak with council officers involved with the project.
Cllr Mark Anderson, added: “I urge people to come along and hear more about the project if they are interested. I’m sure that many people will be keen to learn more about the new track and the future plans for this special attraction.”
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