Bridgnorth Cliff Railway's future secured after Parliament vote

Daniel welcomes the final vote by the European Parliament which officially secures the future of the historic Bridgnorth Cliff Railway. In doing so, rubber stamping an agreement made between the European Parliament, Council and Commission at the end of last year.

The legislation, which originally attempted to standardise all parts and mechanisms for cableways across Europe – would have placed historic attractions like Bridgnorth in serious difficulty, as it would have been virtually impossible to purchase the specially engineered parts required because of its age. 

After negotiations led by Daniel, the Commission backed down, securing the future of the cableways for generations to come. Today, Parliament voted through the legislation by an overwhelming majority, in doing so officially closing the file.

The railway carries 340,000 passengers a year and a recent study estimated it is worth over a million pounds to the town’s economy every year.

In the speech which can be viewed here, Daniel said:

“The Commission got it wrong when it originally included historic cableways and I am delighted that after today’s vote, the file is now closed and Bridgnorth Cliff Railway is officially excluded from the scope of the regulation.”

“This is great news for the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway in Shropshire which next year will celebrate its 125th birthday. Its original purpose was to provide practical help to the town’s residents – but has evolved into a major tourist draw and a vital source of income for the town. It already complies with national health and safety legislation so it’s safe.”

“In this case at least, a one-size fits all approach has been stopped in its tracks so that historic cableways such as Bridgnorth Cliff Railway can be enjoyed by future generations.”