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Severn Valley Railway's double celebration

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 09, 2014

Pictured, from left, are Nick Ralls (Severn Valley Railway General Manager); Mike Ball SVR Vice Chairman); Mike Parker (Wyre Forest District Council); Nick Paul (SVR Chairman ); John Campion (Mayor of Kidderminster) and Sally Chambers (Consort to the Mayor)

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STAFF and volunteers across the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) are celebrating a double success – they have moved to new offices and have won a prestigious award.

At the official opening ceremony last week Councillor John Campion, Mayor of Kidderminster, cut the ribbon at the SVR's new home at Number One Comberton Place, Kidderminster.

The Severn Valley Railway (SVR) has brought all of its operations under one roof with the move from its former base in Bewdley.

Last year the Board agreed a package with Wyre Forest District Council Offices (WFDC) which saw the first floor of the former WFDC Offices at Number One Comberton Place renovated to provide office accommodation for Severn Valley Railway's Holdings, Guarantee and Charitable Trust activities.

Coun Campion said: "I am delighted that Wyre Forest District Council has been able to work so closely with Severn Valley. Visitors to the railway are a vital part of our local tourist industry and I am proud that we have been able to secure their administrative headquarters in the town."

Nick Ralls, SVR's General Manager, said: "The move will also allow us to consider plans to improve the station at Bewdley."

Recently the railway was awarded a 2014 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor. The prestigious award recognises businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travellers.

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