8 June 2015

'A charming tourist experience'

Glowing tributes from passengers travelling on the historic Volk’s Railway have led to a major award from one of the world’s largest travel sites.

Trip Advisor has awarded the council run railway with a Certificate of Excellence after consistently good reviews from visitors.

Comments on the Trip advisor describe travelling on the historic Volks railway as: ‘history in motion,’ ‘a fabulous journey into Victorian England’ and a ‘charming tourist experience.’

Cllr Alan Robins, deputy chair of the Economic Development and Culture Committee, said;” This is wonderful news and a fitting tribute to the staff and volunteers who work so hard to keep the railway running throughout the summer months.

“We are extremely proud to offer our residents and visitors a chance to ride on the oldest operating electric railway in the world and it’s clear that they thoroughly enjoy the experience!”

Volk’s Railway, which runs for a mile along Brighton seafront from the Brighton Pier to Black Rock, opened in 1883 and is the oldest operating electric railway in the world.

Last year the railway attracted around 191,500 single rides over the 7 month summer season.

Earlier this year the council won a successful first round bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore the railway and provide new and upgraded facilities.

“The potential funding will give us the chance to provide an even better visitor experience and preserve this important part of the city’s heritage for future generations,” said Councillor Robins.


Notes for editors:

Volk’s Railway was created by the famous local inventor Magnus Volk (1851-1937) and opened on August 4, 1883. Read more about the history of the Volks Electric Railway here: http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/parking-and-travel/travel-transport-and-road-safety/a-short-history-volks-railway-0

The railway has three stops: the Aquarium Station (next to Brighton Pier), Paston Place and Black Rock Station near Brighton Marina.

It is open to the public seven days a week between Easter and the end of September.

A small team of volunteers help council staff with all aspects of railway maintenance and operation. It includes broadcaster Nicholas Owen who is a regular driver. The railway is supported by Volk’s Electric Railway Association (VERA).