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08/05/2014

News Release - Issued by North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Whitby Volunteer Day

Sunday 11th May 2014
10am – 12pm

This Sunday 11th May the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) will be launching its first Volunteer Day at Whitby Station in preparation for the opening of the 2nd platform in the summer when the NYMR plan to bring more steam trains to the coastal town.

During this new volunteer day at Whitby Station, the NYMR, which is a registered charity, is offering you the chance to find out how you can make new friends, improve your CV, and learn new skills while helping a great cause.

The NYMR is reliant on volunteers in order to keep their railway running, Danielle Ramsey Marketing Manager explains “The Volunteer Day at Whitby Station is a great chance to discover what great opportunities are available on the world’s most popular heritage railway and also how we can help you achieve your goals and ambitions. 2014 is a particularly exciting time for the NYMR, with major work under way at Whitby Station to create a second platform. This will enable more services per day to run the full length of the line, from Whitby to Pickering and we will therefore need more volunteers to help welcome and transport more visitors than ever before along the scenic route from the coast to the moors.”

During the Volunteer Day at Whitby Station the NYMR will be seeking volunteers with a vast multitude of skills and talents to work at the forefront of their new development including Booking Office Staff, Ticket Inspectors, Platform Staff and Station Foremen, plus marketing and welcome greeters. In return the NYMR will help you achieve your aspirations and welcome you into the volunteer family providing a wide range of activities that will keep you coming back to the Railway for many years to come.

If you are interested and want to find out more, the NYMR invites you to come along to Whitby Station at 09.30am on Sunday 11th May where there will be representatives ready to speak with you, answer your questions and guide you in the right direction.

For those not able to get to the Volunteer Day but would still like to learn more about volunteering visit www.nymr.net/volunteering

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is open every day to 2nd November running trains to and from Whitby Station. Day rover tickets are priced from £25.00 for adults, £21.50 for seniors, £12.50 for a child, and £54.00 for a family of 2 adults and up to 4 children, with a 15% discount currently available to those booking online using the code “ROVER15”.

For more information, please visit www.nymr.co.uk or call 01751 472508.

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For further media information, please contact:

Danielle Ramsey
Marketing Manager – NYMR
Tel: 01751 473799
Email: danielle.ramsey@nymr.co.uk or marketing@nymr.co.uk for high res images

Notes:

The scheme developed by the NYMR in partnership with Network Rail (and running under the NYMR’s project management) involves an investment of over £2m in Whitby’s railway facilities. The scheme is being supported by a £1.1m grant from the Round one of Government’s Coastal Communities Fund, and £850,000 from Network Rail.

Once the additional platform is complete at Whitby Station this will enable us to increase the number of NYMR trains serving Whitby to cater for the growing popularity of its visitors to travel to and from the resort by heritage steam trains. Together with the £500,000 Local Enterprise Partnership loan recently made available for capital projects on our own railway this project reflects great confidence in the importance of NYMR to the local tourist economy.

From the summer of 2014 the new platform will allow an increase from three to five in the number of NYMR trains a day to and from Whitby. The extra passengers on these trains should be a major boast to the local tourist economy, so vital to this region. The money will also deliver a package of enhancements to facilities for passengers at Whitby station for the benefit of all rail users, while the extra platform has the potential to enable more excursions trains to visit the resort.

The NYMR’s passengers (it carries more than any other steam heritage railway in the world) currently contributes over £30 million to the Moors and Coast economy each year and this scheme is expected to generate around 70 jobs locally and benefit the economy by around a further £6.5m yearly.

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) recently announced that the NYMR has secured a £500,000 interest free loan from the LEP towards a programme of capital investment projects on the NYMR itself between Grosmont and Pickering.