The New Year started badly with the whole of the UK going into Lockdown again on 4th January 2021 (due to an increase in Coronavirus cases plus new variations of the virus being detected). However, vaccinations to protect all older and vulnerable people against Covid-19 have now started and it is hoped to have offerered the vaccine to all those over 50 by the end of April.
The lockdown was reviewed on 22nd February when it was announced that Shops, Museums & Heritage Railways could re-open from 12th April, with Pubs &
Restaurants (including The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley) following suit from 17th May.
This means the SVR can begin operations from that date (April) but unfortunately plans for an earlier opening at Easter have had to be cancelled. The SVR has informed all Staff and Working Volunteers that they can return to work on the Railway from 8th March 2021 (with consent of their Heads of Department) to prepare the Railway for Re-opening.
It is hoped that the 1501-WILT Working Group can resume activities at Bewdley in March.