Miniature railway project at Riverside Park shortlisted for bags of help funding

Ivan Hewlett hopes to open the model railway at Easter

Ivan Hewlett hopes to open the model railway at Easter - Credit: Archant

A project to build a miniature railway track at the Riverside Park in St Neots has been shortlisted to receive grant funding.

The Riverside Miniature Railway (RMR) Club is one of three groups in the town bidding for a payout of £5,000, £2,000 or £1,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, money that comes from the 5p charge for carrier bags.

Club chairman Ivan Hewlett, said: “The members of RMR Club are passionate about our project and believe that our miniature railway will become a long- established and attractive addition to St Neots. One which provides a valuable community resource for the area.”

Voting is open in stores throughout March and April and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop. The RMR Club is in the process of building a station for the miniature railway and the 300-metre track will be laid shortly. The club, which is being run as a not-for-profit organisation and is reliant on donations and grant funding, hopes to open the facility at Easter.