England's steepest and oldest inland funicular railway could close in Bridgnorth – Pictures

The Bridgnorth Cliff Railway has been carrying passengers up and down a 210ft sandstone incline in the historic Shropshire town for 131 years.After an adjacent wall collapsed in December, the attraction has been closed due to fears of rock falls.There were hopes repairs to the wall would mean the railway could reopen in time for Easter but after delays, managers fear it may be permanently closed.Dr Malvern Tipping, director of the railway, has already contacted lawyers to make 14 out of the 16 workers redundant.He said: “The big fear is that repairs to the wall won’t get done and we have to close permanently on health and safety grounds."If work is completed by Easter as the town council has said, that would be marvellous but I have had deep reservations that it will be done by then.“I’m heartened by the fact a few days ago engineers from Bridgnorth Town Council started to undertake excavations by the wall which is a very good sign, so we are hopeful but we will have to wait and see."The big threat is that the Cliff Railway could go bankrupt if it drags on too long."While we don’t make a profit we do have running costs.“One of our biggest costs is staffing which is why we have had to very reluctantly make staff redundant, but there are other running costs too and I don’t know how long we can last.

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