All aboard! West Lancashire Light Railway has reopened

All aboard! West Lancashire Light Railway has reopened

by Mike Dawber (May 2021)

WEST Lancashire Light Railway reopened to the public last weekend and it will now be open every Sunday until the end of October.

For the first time, the attraction at Hesketh Bank will also be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays this year during the June and October half-term holidays.

All appropriate Covid precautions will be in force. Visitors will be asked to sign-in on arrival, and to wear face masks on the train, unless exempt. They will ask everyone to practise social distancing and to make use of the hand sanitiser stations provided.

Trains will run every half-hour, to allow time for sanitising in-between.

Each group of visitors will be assigned their own compartment - but people can have as many rides as they like.

Visitors can buy standard-fare tickets at the shop window or go online at westlancsrailway.org to buy discounted Advance Anyway tickets. Entrance and parking is free.

The shop will be open, with up to three visitors inside at any one time, with masks. Payment by card is preferred, but cash is accepted.

Their new cafe ‘The Waiting Room’, will be open, with table service in the open air and under a canopy.

A spokesperson for West Lancashire Light Railway said: “Like many attractions, we have been waiting patiently for the time when we are able to open up again.

“The time has now arrived - we can’t wait to meet friends old and new and to share our love of heritage railways.”

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