20 March 2023
Vara welcomes significant funds for Nene Valley Railway

Shailesh Vara MP has welcomed the Government’s announcement that Nene Valley Railway, which is in his constituency of North West Cambridgeshire, will receive £669,873 in the third round of Cultural Investment Fund grants. The funds will enable completion of urgent maintenance and infrastructure work. 

The Fund, overseen by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, provides organisations with extra resources to improve access to the arts and support local economic growth through cultural initiatives. 

Nene Valley Railway is a valued local attraction which offers people the chance to ride steam trains, learn about the railway's history, and explore the Nene Valley area. 

The site has also been used as a filming location in well over 150 films and television programmes, bringing Cambridgeshire’s beauty to screens all around the world. 

Mr Vara said: 

“This is great news for Nene Valley Railway, a historic site whose hard-working volunteers continue to preserve and promote our local railway heritage. It has been a difficult few years for cultural organisations, so I am pleased that the Government is dedicating funds to preserve significant sites for the benefit of communities here in North West Cambridgeshire and across the country.”