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Transport Museum in Carlton Colville outlines million pound expansion plans

PUBLISHED: 09:25 16 July 2017

The East Anglia Transport has unveiled plans for a one million pound expansion. Picture Mick Howes

The East Anglia Transport has unveiled plans for a one million pound expansion. Picture Mick Howes

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East Anglia Transport Museum has laid out plans for a million pound expansion project that would see its premises almost double in size.

The Museum hosts a number of themed events between April and October every year.  Picture: Mick Howes. The Museum hosts a number of themed events between April and October every year. Picture: Mick Howes.

The museum, which is based in Carlton Colville and is a registered charity, acquired land beside its current base totalling approximately five acres in size at the end of last year.

Now, the museum management committee has outlined how it wants to utilise the space to accommodate even more attractions, exhibits and most importantly, a lot more vehicles.

Several new buildings, including a railway station, would be constructed and the existing tram and trolleybus would extend onto the site.

In addition, the museum plans to increase car parking facilities and create more space for vehicle rallies.

New buildings would be constructed to accommodate more trams, trolleys and buses. Photo: East Anglia Transport Museum New buildings would be constructed to accommodate more trams, trolleys and buses. Photo: East Anglia Transport Museum

Museum secretary Ken Blacker expressed how important it is that the museum has its proposals approved.

“Expanding the premises would be a big benefit to the museum and to the local area generally,” he said.

“One of the new buildings will contain products from Eastern Coach Works, a company that was such a crucial part of Lowestoft’s history until it closed down in 1987.

“The project would cost over a million pounds, which is a lot of money for a charity but it will be a gradual process and we will only go ahead with each aspect of construction once we know we can afford it.”

Basic blueprints for expansion were approved by the main committee back on April 1 2017, and steps have subsequently been taken to ensure that the proposals are feasible and that the relevant land is suitable to host such a vast site.

Detailed plans will be drawn up and necessary tests conducted before the museum is able to proceed with their application.

“We have a number of architects in and we’ve had a couple of surveys done,” added Mr Blacker.

“However, there are still quite a few little things to iron out before we file the final planning application to the council.”

In the meantime, the museum continues to welcome visitors throughout the busy summer period until the end of October.

For more information about the East Anglia Transport Museum and their exhibits and events, visit eatransportmuseum.co.uk

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