Free train tours around the most important maritime sites are being offered as part of the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project.
The major £27.4 million programme to regenerate Hull’s maritime heritage is to include journeys on the much-loved Hull Land Train, operated by Mally Welburn.
Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Hull City Council, the tours are part of a number of public engagement projects to raise awareness, build confidence and gain support from the public, visitors and local businesses.
From Monday 2 to Sunday 8 April, visitors can climb aboard the city’s Hull Land Train to find out more about the city’s extensive redevelopment of three important maritime sites: the Maritime Museum; the Dock Office Chambers and the North End Shipyard. Visitors can also learn about the project, which will conserve the historic Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship for future generations.
The blue Hull Land Train will run from Hull City Hall every hour from 10am (first trip of the day) to 3pm (last trip of the day) and runs for 40 minutes, taking in North End Shipyard (behind Hull College), Trinity Square and Hull Minister, The Spurn Lightship, Arctic Corsair, Hull Maritime Museum, Queens Gardens and The Deep.
Visitors will find out more about what is involved, the ambitious plans and how they can have their say on the development to help gauge awareness and enthusiasm for the project.
Rob Kingdom, Project Director for Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City, said: “The plans for Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City represent the biggest investment in a visitor attraction in Hull since The Deep was opened in 2002 and will put maritime heritage at the centre of the city’s tourism offer. It is vital residents, businesses and visitors are aware and part of the story and therefore we are delighted that we have joined forces with Mally Welburn, to raise the profile and support for this development.”
Mally Welburn, said: “This is a great project that will transform some of our important maritime attractions and it is so important people have knowledge of the huge investment that is taking place and get involved. The Hull Land Train is a free and great way to see the sites involved and find out more information about the maritime project.”
Volunteers will be at the start of the route – outside Hull City Hall to answer any questions visitors may have.
For more information about the project visit www.cityplanhull.co.uk