So they went from an original idea of three whole underground carts to one set of wheels?
Cost cutting exercise me thinks... ok, call me cynical perhaps..
No there was funding in place for the original idea & the Scheduled Ancient Monument consent was in place, but case of bad planning. The site of the memorial was "unavailable" (was dug up whilst other work was being carried out ) for a while, meaning that the funding was withdrawn as there was a time limit on it! So onto plan B, look for alternative funding, but conditions were applied that the memorial had to be accessible to the public at least 6 days a week (the original site was within the fence of the colliery near to the refurbished offices). So some-one had the idea of incorporating it with the landscaping works that were then underway on the tip, well that is until we pointed out the fact that a brass ribbon with the miners names on was part of the design wonder how long it would have lasted?
The current "effort" was I believe funded by the contractors, along with 3 standard guage railway coal wagons (well 1 clay wagon & 2 plastic ones), but don't even get me started on that issue