Avon Valley Railway is pleased to announce that its heritage trains will be running again from 1 May! Volunteers at the heritage railway in Bitton have been busily preparing the station and carriages over the last few weeks, ready to welcome passengers back once more.

Four trains will depart each day at 11:00, 12:30, 14:00 and 15:30. Advance booking is highly recommended to guarantee seats and can be purchased in advance from the railway’s website www.avonvalleyrailway.org. Services will be hauled by diesel locomotives on Saturdays and steam on Sundays and mid-week. The latest timetable can also be found on the website.

To keep its customers safe, the railway will be seating each family group in separate compartments or tables away from other family groups. The volunteers will also be undertaking more regular cleaning of train doors, handles, windows and seats before you board and there will be hand sanitiser available too.

Mark Simmons, the railway’s Commercial & Business Manager, said, “We’re really glad to be able to re-start our train services. The last 12 months have been incredibly challenging for us as a charity as our income has been very significantly reduced.

“Our station café has been open offering a limited take-away menu and we hope to build on this over the coming months. But re-starting our train services is a real milestone and we hope to welcome regular and new passengers to the station this year. Most importantly though, despite the need for the various safety measures, we just want you to have an enjoyable visit and share in a true heritage experience.”

Tickets cost £8.50 for adults, £7.50 for concessions and £5.50 for children and are on sale now. Visit www.avonvalleyrailway.org to reserve your seats or find out more information.