A fully accessible 4.5 mile narrow gauge steam railway and linear park, with park and ride facilities at both ends; changing a simple out-and-back route into a range of visitor options to walk, ride or cycle in the beautiful South Tyne Valley. Provide a range of guided walks, tours and mobility equipment to help older people, children, young people and people with mobility difficulties to visit and become involved with heritage and the natural environment.
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Registered Charity in England and Wales (514939)
Railway attracts multiple groups of people with mobility difficulties - especially older people, families, community, church and special needs groups. Most currently visit and view, but volunteers are working to increasingly develop access, engagement and involvement with the railway, the environment, with exercise, health and well being for some of the most excluded groups, in some of the most disadvantaged areas in the UK. Goals: 1. A 4.5 mile fully accessible, multi-faceted, linear park, with elements that attract and involve all; 2. Double the number of visitors attracted to the area over the next 5 years; 3. Double the contribution to the local economy; 4. A self sustaining micro enterprise within the charity in 3 years, to provide guided walks and local tours, with mobility scooters and adapted bicycles. Finances: ¬£150k capital for footpath, fence & gate works plus ¬£50k revenue for 3 years to launch and establish the micro enterprise.
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