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£75,000 grant for bridge repairs on Watercress Line steam railway
10:20am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
THE Watercress Line based at Alresford has been granted £75,000 for crucial bridge repairs.
County council leader Roy Perry approved the grant for the Mid Hants Railway that runs from Alresford to Alton.
The money will repair the Boyneswood Road Bridge, near Four Marks, which needs major repairs estimated at £100,000 to the arch bridgework.
Some £50,000 will be given this month and a further £25,000 in April next year.
The council has given several grants before: £4,000 in 2010 towards the first group of apprentices employed by the Watercress Line, and £95,000 in 1984 towards the cost of extending the line from Alresford to Alton.
The steam railway is in its 36th year and has received more than four million visitors.
Current annual visitor numbers are about 125,000.
It employs about 50 full-time and part-time staff, with eight apprentices and 450 active volunteers. It is the largest tourist attraction in East Hampshire, with a business turnover approaching £2.5m a year.
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