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Preston tram network strikes deal with Pre Metro Operations

Posted on - 7th March, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Deepdale, News, Transport
One of the trams which could come to Preston, and an artist impression of the Deepdale station

One of the trams which could come to Preston, and an artist impression of the Deepdale station

A hint of Preston’s tram network plan being back on the table has appeared.

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Pre Metro Operations says it has been selected as the preferred operator to run a ‘proposed light rail operation in Preston’.

The plans for trams on the former Longridge to Preston line were stalled once again in April 2015.

Preston Trampower had applied to reinstate a small section of the line and a station in Deepdale Street, behind St Chad’s Road.

However, councillors refused to back the tram plans citing ‘safety concerns’.

Related: A brief history of Preston’s tram network

The firm appointed by Trampower to design and build its trams is behind the Stourbridge Shuttle which is a small rail link between two stations in the Midlands.

They say six trams are needed for the Preston service, and their trams can carry 220 passengers – similar to the trams in Blackpool and Birkenhead.

Do you think trams will ever return to the streets of Preston? Let us know your views in the comments below

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