Manx horse trams: fight continues despite ‘U turn’

CONSERVATIONISTS have vowed to fight on despite the Manx Parliament Tynwald making a U-turn on controversial plans to close part of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway.

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway’s roofed toastrack coach No. 35 on Loch Promenade. S P SMILER

On January 17, Tynwald voted to keep the double tracks in place between Summerhill and Broadway. The previous scheme unveiled last year involved the closure of the iconic tramway between Broadway and the Sea Terminal.

So after the scheme to reconstruct Douglas promenade, which starts later this year is completed, the historic horse trams will continue to operate over the full length.

However, an amendment from Douglas East MHK Chris Robertshaw to have the 3ft-gauge tramway reduced to a single track between the War Memorial and Sea Terminal was also supported, with 17 votes for and 14 against.

Following the vote, the island’s Department of Infrastructure will now draw up revised regeneration plans for the Douglas promenades, including the tramway, and return to Tynwald to seek overall budget approval.

Read more in Issue 225 of Heritage Railway – out now!

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