MATLOCK’s new tourist information centre is due to be opened at the town’s train station.
The news comes a month after it was announced the current centre is one of two earmarked for closure as part of a cost-cutting exercise by Derbyshire Dales District Council.
As part of a new partnership between the council and Peak Rail, the new visitor information point (VIP) will be opened to offer advice and services to visitors.
The new approach follows a review of visitor services by the Visit Peak District and Derbyshire Destination Management Partnership, in anticipation of a reduction in funding across Derbyshire towards visitor services.
The review last year concluded tourist information needed to match modern visitor behaviour and demand.
But the council was criticised in December when they announced the current shop, on Crown Square, would close in March and the staff would lose their jobs along with the centre in Ashbourne to help save £110,000. Bakewell’s centre is also currently under review.
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