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Tram firm applies to re-open Deepdale line and build tram shed and station

Posted on - 2nd June, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Deepdale, News, Transport

An artists impression of how the tram stop on Deepdale Street would look

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An artists impression of how the tram stop on Deepdale Street would look

The company behind Preston’s proposed tram line has tabled plans for re-opening a section of the former Deepdale railway line.

Trampower Limited has applied to turn a former coal yard on Deepdale Street into its tram shed and storage building.

Plans also include a station platform building and hard surfacing for the first stretch of tram line in the city, on what is currently derelict and overgrown land.

Tramway say the first section of line would use the former Preston to Longridge line, which runs under the city in a series of tunnels.

Remains of the former Longridge line can be found throughout the East of the city

Remains of the former Longridge line can be found throughout the East of the city

A report prepared by Trampower for the city council states: “Given the location of the old coal yard and its limited access, a corner of the site, furthest from Deepdale Street has been selected as the site for this facility. Immediately around this Tram Shed location are industrial buildings.”

View the location of the proposed tram area for Deepdale below, if you’re on our app follow the Google Maps link.

The design below shows the scale of the Deepdale Street tram stop, which is due to be a compulsory tram stop.

How the tram stop could look on Deepdale Street

How the tram stop could look on Deepdale Street

Plans detail how trams would run every six minutes in both directions from the city centre out to the now defunct Bluebell Way park and ride.

A business plan from September 2012 is also submitted with the planning application claiming the project will cost £23 million and is expected to bring in first year revenues of £3m.

The original Trampower plan had six lines across the city including a route through the city centre down Fishergate.

This is the first move from Trampower since it was forced to re-think its plans in early 2013 after Lancashire County Council announced the Fishergate Central roadworks scheme which included no reference to trams in Preston.

You can view the full planning application on the city council website.

What do you think of the idea of trams in Preston again? Would they work? Let us know in the comments below

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