Deadline looms for Bridgnorth share issue

There’s just over three weeks to go before the Severn Valley Railway’s Bridgnorth development project share issue closes on October 31.

An artist’s impression showing what the renovated Bridgnorth station will look like upon the completion of Phase 1 of the Bridgnorth development project. SVR

An artist’s impression showing what the renovated Bridgnorth station will look like upon the completion of Phase 1 of the Bridgnorth development project. SVR

Funds raised by the share issue stand at £1.7 million, but the railway needs the full £2.5 million to ensure it can implement Phases 1 and 2 of the project.

Approximately £10,000 was raised towards the project during the railway’s recent ‘Autumn Steam Gala’ on September 21-24, but the railway needs to raise a further £800,000 if it is to reach its target by the deadline.

Launched on November 1 2016, the share issue aims to raise £2.5 million towards the railway’s development of its northern terminus, including a new GWR-style refreshment room and installing a turntable.

Phase 1, which is currently underway, will in addition to the new refreshment room and toilet block, see the original neo-Jacobean station building restored to its former glory and allow for the reinstatement of the original booking hall and waiting room. The Railwayman’s Arms pubs will also be enlarged.

Phase 2 involves the installation of the former Bristol Bath Road turntable in the locomotive yard, allowing engines to be turned at Bridgnorth for the first time in the SVR’s history.

To purchase shares and for more information, visit www.svr.co.uk/ShareOffer or call 01562 757900. The Severn Valley Railway needs your help in making this exciting scheme a reality.

"Help secure the Severn Valley Railway's unique heritage for future generations. We launched our Share Offer last November to help fund transformative works at Bridgnorth Station. Proceeds will support ambitious plans to deliver much-improved visitor facilities whilst at the same time conserving and enhancing the line's main destination station."