Easter event cancelled and locomotive footplate days suspended at the Churnet Valley Railway

5197 at Froghall Station // Credit: Jamie Duggan
5197 at Froghall Station // Credit: Jamie Duggan

The Churnet Valley Railway has announced that they have decided to cancel their upcoming Mad Hatters Easter event.

Additionally, all of the footplate driving and ride courses have been suspended until further notice.

The Churnet Valley Railway is the latest railway to cancel events, after the Great Central Railway, East Lancashire Railway and Ffestiniog Railway all have chosen to cancel events after the Coronavirus outbreak started.

The plan is for the Churnet Valley Railway to carry on operating train services at the time of writing.

The CVR is also encouraging customers to book online, and use contactless as much as possible to reduce the use of cash.

What did they say?

The Churnet Valley Railway said:

We understand that there are concerns about the current Covid 19 Corona virus. We are still planning to operate our services at the present time. However we are closely following the medical advice from the Government, and if this changes we will alter our approach to meet the new advice.

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