A SOMERSET MP recently visited the West Somerset Railway to speak with staff and take a look at the work which has been going on ahead of a landmark year for the railway.

Ian Liddell-Grainger, current MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, heard about the local railway's plans for 2024, which is the 150th anniversary of the opening of the railway to Minehead. 

The railway reopens on Saturday, March 23 - just in time to mark the end of Visit Britain’s Tourism Week.

Extensive work has been carried out over the winter to get the railway up to top standard for the anniversary season.

Exciting plans are in hand for new attractions for families, and to mark the railway’s anniversary and reopening of the refurbished museum at Blue Anchor.

Mr Liddell-Grainger commended staff and volunteers on their work in getting the railway ready and for its huge importance as the longest heritage railway in England in supporting the local West Somerset economy.

WSR General Manager Kerry Noble said, “Last year was good year for the railway, we are planning for a bumper season this year as visitors rediscover the jewel that is West Somerset and the best way to do that is from one of our trains.”