Cllr Robert Frost, Cabinet Support Member for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “We’re aware that local charity, Elsecar Heritage Railway Trust, has faced a number of challenges, and that the site is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“As landlord to the site, we’ve been in regular contact with trustees of Elsecar Heritage Railway Trust to look at ways to address these challenges and to make the railway a viable attraction.
“The board of trustees at Elsecar Heritage Railway Trust have expressed that their best, and only course of action is to surrender their lease to the railway sites that are owned by Barnsley Council while further work takes place to determine their next steps. The railway sites include Elsecar, Cortonwood and the railway line between them.
“The railway is an important part of Barnsley’s history and visitor offer and we’re committed to securing the future of the railway for residents and future generations to enjoy.”