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Full steam ahead: GWSR reopens Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway stations

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) has expanded its services as part of the easing of national lockdown restrictions.

The 14-mile railway line service which starts and finishes at Toddington was resumed on April 13.

The service now runs trips from Cheltenham and Broadway stations offering passengers more flexibility on their journeys.

Winchcombe station remains closed, but table service Is available at the Coffee Pot.

Social distancing rules remain in place, but compartment coaches can be booked for between two and six passengers in a social bubble.

The railway's cafés at Broadway (for passengers and non-train visitors) and Winchcombe (for non-train visitors only) have reopened for table service while the Flag & Whistle tea rooms at Toddington has resumed table service for light lunches.

Richard Johnson, the voluntary chairman of GWSR Plc said: "As government guidance changes so we are able to adjust the service we offer.

"We are now running two steam trains on each operating day -Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - and with two additional travel packages, from Broadway and Cheltenham Racecourse.

"It's another positive and exciting step on the journey to full, unrestricted train services which we expect to happen in July, subject of course to continuing success in vaccinations with the corresponding fall in the number of Covid-19 cases."

The pre-bookable services include round trips from Toddington and Broadway stations, as well as return trips from Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway.

GWSR added that Heritage Diesel Days will take place on May 23 and June 27 departing Toddington at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm, using a variety of diesel motive power.

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