KWVR Awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has received £50,000 National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage railways. Allowing us to complete the renewal of Bridge 11 this grant opens up the prospect of trains running again in mid-August.

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has received £50,000 National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage railways

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has received £50,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to enable the Railway to complete the replacement of a 115-year-old bridge, work on which was halted at the outbreak of the pandemic.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has been completely closed, and during lockdown activities were limited to essential maintenance and security tasks. The Railway has had no income from passengers since the last trains ran in mid-March.

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million has been made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector, and the KWVR is one of the beneficiaries of those funds.

The UK-wide fund will address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.

For the full statement from the KWVR and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, click HERE