Trackside and Buffer Stops welcome first visitors since lockdown
This weekend, as it opens its bars to the public, the East Lancashire Railway (ELR) will welcome its first visitors since the start of lock-down. It will host paying customers again at the two pubs it operates, The Trackside at Bury Bolton Street and Buffer Stops at Rawtenstall, following all government advice in relation to keeping records of customers visiting.
Staff will be provided with all the necessary PPE and there will be numerous hand sanitiser stations available. Enhanced hygiene procedures will be in place to include the toilets. At The Trackside, staff will serve drinks from behind a Perspex screen, two customers at a time will be permitted to order, whilst at Buffer Stops, a table service will be in operation.
The Trackside and Buffer Stops, opening times will be subject to change as the lock-down eases. In line with social distancing measures, and to protect staff and customers, visitors will only be able to enjoy drinks on outside tables at both venues and all payments are to be contactless.
Both venues are known for their selection of real ales and have received fresh deliveries from numerous local brewers ahead of their reopening.
ELR Chairman Mike Kelly commented: “We’re delighted to be able to start welcoming visitors back to the ELR again. The last three months have been the most challenging in our history, but this weekend marks a major milestone in our journey towards passengers returning. I’m really looking forward to throwing the doors open on both The Trackside and Buffer Stops after they have been closed for so long.”