The Lavender Line is among 162 organisations receiving a lifeline grant from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, intended to meet ongoing costs and support to restart activity when it is possible to do so safely.
We will receive £15,300, which will cover our unavoidable overheads until the end of March 2021 as well as the costs of some changes required to help mitigate the hazards of COID-19 for our volunteers and visitors.
The Lavender Line ceased operation in March, just before the first lockdown and has not operated since. Unlike many other heritage railways, we were not able to restart operations in the summer, as the increased costs of operation under COVID safe conditions and reduced revenue would have made our losses even greater than not operating at all. This grant will enable us to pay the basic bulls until next year when we hope to reopen at Easter. We have continued to work on our railway, while we have been closed and expect to reopen with significant improvements to our preserved railway station.