Known as the 'world's smallest light railway', Wells and Walsingham Light Railway which runs through four picturesque miles of north Norfolk will reopen and resume its services on Saturday, May 1st.
Following its closure for much of the past year due to the pandemic its Managing Director, Nick Champion, said although they could have opened earlier according to the roadmap out of lockdown, they took some extra time to give the railway's team time to readjust and ensure everything was Covid secure.
Mr Champion said: "Because we're a railway we have to make sure we follow the safety protocols. Some of our drivers haven't driven for a year because of Covid”
Mr Champion said he has received "excellent support" from the tourism body Visit North Norfolk and has high hopes for a successful 2021 season as domestic travel becomes a prime option for holiday makers with an ongoing international pandemic.
He added: "People are a bit reticent to travel abroad and hopefully we'll see a bit of a renaissance in domestic tourism. The small tourist attractions like ourselves rely on our staff and volunteers, but we're only small fry in the business community. 2020 has been an existential threat to a lot of small tourist operators, and I cannot praise Visit North Norfolk enough in terms of the support they have given."
The railway will operate daily until the end of 2021. Bookings are not needed, and services will start off by operating every hour.