£2000 Grant Award to provide fully accessible coach20th February 2018
The Epping Ongar Railway is set to become a lot more disability-friendly after a successful bid to the Stansted Airport Community Trust to provide a fully accessible coach on its regular heritage services.
The Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society (EORVS) and Epping Ongar Railway made a joint bid for £2,000 to the Stansted Airport Community Trust earlier this year. The money from the Trust will be matched by the Railway and Society to give a total fund of £4,000 for the conversion. The guards van of one of its coaches will be insulated, heated and fitted with lights and suitable seating and with double-width doors will ensure that all our passengers with disablities can travel in comfort on more of the Railway’s services.
Dean Walton, Epping Ongar Railway Business Development Manager said,
“I am really pleased we will soon be in a position to provide much better accommodation on board for our disabled passengers and I am grateful for the support from the Trust and the Society for this project. The carriage that will be used is an ex-BR Mark 1 ‘BCK’ - a traditional compartment coach but with a large luggage and parcels area. The carriage is currently undergoing a major refurbishment but this money will allow the parcels area to be upgraded so that it is suitable for use by disabled passengers and their families. The project is led by volunteers from the EORVS and they hope to have it finished in 2019."
Cllr Susan Barker, Chairman Stansted Airport Community Trust said,
“The trustees are delighted to support this worthwhile project in the local community. In their application the Railway explained that they wish to open up this great local attraction to more people, and this grant will go someway to helping them achieve that.”
William Dale, Chairman of the Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society said,
“I would like to thank with appreciation Essex County Councillor Susan Barker Chairman of the Stansted Airport Community Trust for helping us to be awared the grant of two thousand pounds. I am very pleased to receive the cheque from Susan on behalf of the EORVS. The society’s volunteers work hard to restore and maintain the carriages. This is a great vote of thanks for their hard work and for that I would like to thank the Trustees for their support. I look forward to welcoming Cllr Barker back next year to view and possibly ride in this newly restored coach.”