Following a Place Overview and Scrutiny recommendation, proposals for the Council to run the miniature railway in-house, together with funding and management arrangements, have been approved securing the long term future of the railway.
The operation of the much loved railway, which has been operating in Poole since 1949, was suspended in the summer following a number of derailments and personnel issues with the operators.
Since the closure, Borough of Poole have been investigating potential ways to ensure the future of the miniature railway in Poole Park in an effective, safe and sustainable way.
Now the railway will see an investment of £350,000, spent on number of features which will enhance the service for residents and visitors of Poole; a new, safe track; more stable carriages with improved access for pushchairs and wheelchair users; improvements to the train shed and storage compound and a brand new engine.
To ensure the sustainable delivery of Poole Park miniature railway, the Council will also be working with dedicated, professional staff as well as seeking the support of local, voluntary enthusiasts who wish to be involved in the attraction.
Cllr John Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, Borough of Poole, said: “I am delighted that the Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee have looked at the proposals in depth and have voted to support them.
“I believe the proposals offer an exciting and well thought out solution, putting the long-term future and safety of Poole Park miniature railway first, and allowing us to provide a reliable, first-class service of a much loved feature of Poole’s premier park.
“I would like to thank all those involved for their hard work to get these proposals on track, now it is full steam ahead!”
The aim of the Council is to reopen the miniature railway during 2019.