We need your help more than ever! An important update from the three companies in
the Severn Valley Railway Group - Severn Valley Railway Co Ltd., Severn Valley
Railway (Holdings) PLC. and Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd.
The unprecedented situation we all face with the Coronavirus
pandemic is changing on a daily basis. I sincerely hope that you are well and
managing to cope with the necessary restrictions that have been placed on us by
This crisis has hit the Severn Valley Railway very hard
. With the Railway now closed, our income from
visitors has disappeared. We don’t know
how long this situation will continue. Furthermore,
it comes on the back of the flooding a few weeks ago, and the fact that we had
to close the line between Kidderminster and Bewdley because of essential
repairs to Falling Sands Viaduct. The consequent 75% drop in passengers in our
first weeks of operation this year meant we were already up against things.
The SVR is fighting for its survival, and we need to ensure
the SVR can stay afloat in the weeks and months to come, so that when the
restrictions are lifted, we’ll be able to re-emerge as one of the country’s
leading heritage railways.
We will take advantage of the Government scheme to
underwrite 80% of salary costs, and have already put most of our paid staff on furlough.
No business rates will be payable for
the next year.
But even with these measures, we need to find £250,000 to
keep the Railway ticking over for the next three months. For the SVR to get
through this, we must:
- Maintain minimal staff for essential operational
- Ensure the security of our stations and
engineering workshops and protect our world-class heritage rolling stock
- Carry out essential administration tasks related
to the Railway
- Retain workers with specialist heritage skills
- Develop our recovery strategy so we’re ready to
open up when the time is right
At this time of national emergency and widespread worry, it
is difficult to ask for your help.
However, without it our SVR may not survive
. Please will you donate to
our Emergency Appeal to protect the Railway during this crisis, and to make
sure it’s in good shape to become operational again as soon as possible?
Alternatively, you may wish to buy SVR shares, or add to your existing
shareholding. And we're selling Loyalty Passes ready for when the Railway reopens - details may be found here
Hundreds of people have already donated, and if you are one
of these, please accept my deepest thanks. Details of how to donate and buy shares are below, and every
pound will count towards saving the SVR.
How to donate:
- Through our website using a credit or debit card
- Phone 01562 757902 to make a phone donation
- Make a bank transfer to SVR (Holdings) Plc Sort
code 40-26-08, Acc No 01330608 (please let us know you have made a bank
transfer by phoning 01562 757902 or email email@example.com)
- Send a cheque made payable to SVR (Holdings) Plc
to SVR, One Comberton Place, Kidderminster, DY10 1QR (please include your name
Other immediate support:
- To purchase SVR Shares, please download the application form here: svr.co.uk/shares
can be bought through the website --- details may be found here
Please keep safe and well, and take comfort in the thought that together
we will make sure this wonderful heritage railway will be back in service in
Thank you for your support in our time of need,
Nick Paul CBE, Chairman
Share this page: