NRM reveals plans for biggest upgrade since its opening

National Railway Museum
National Rail Museum in York draws up £50m seven-year masterplan
Published Wed, 2018-01-10 12:56

The National Railway Museum in York is set for an ambitious upgrade in the near future.




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The £50 million upgrade is the biggest since its opening in 1975 and could be complete within seven years, if funding goes to plan.

Backed by York Central's Central Enterprise Zone support, the plan would see the Leeman Road site completely overhauled to unify the two halves of the museum with one building.

The ambitious project would involve re-routing Leeman Road and creating a new road access into the development site as well as the complete renovation of the Museum's Victorian-era Great Hall.

Another part of the upgrade would be moving the original Stephenson's Rocket, currently housed at sister attraction the Science Museum in London, over to the NRM once the overhaul was completed.

Paul Kirkman, Director of the National Railway Museum said: "Today marks the beginning of an exciting journey to transform not just our Museum but the city of York itself for the benefit of all our visitors and local community, this century and beyond."

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