April D-Day for Hill of Howth tramway tourist attraction

By Hugh Dougherty

THREE options are set to be considered for the revival of the Hill of Howth Tramway, just outside Dublin.

Members of Fingal Council will be presented with the three options in April, when the local authority’s economic, enterprise and tourism development strategic policy committee considers a report from the consultant Atkins Group.

Hill of Howth No. 4 could be loaned to the revived line by its owners, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. HUGH DOUGHERTY

Councillors are to be asked to consider the proposals resulting from the €40,000 study that has examined surviving sections of the former Hill of Howth tramway right of way. Possible routes are from Howth Castle to Deer Park, Howth Station to the Summit, both with links to a depot built beside the current Irish National Transport Museum of Ireland (NTMI) at Howth Castle Demesne, and a line for horse or battery powered trams, running from the demesne to Howth Railway Station.

Jim Kilroy, tramways director at the NTMI, who provided background information to Atkins and the council, said: “We are very hopeful that the study will be well received by the councillors who are keen to boost Howth’s tourism offering and a revival of the Hill of Howth Tramway, a line that has been much missed since it was prematurely closed nearly 60 years ago, would certainly do that.

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