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Old railway line is cleared in Deepdale ahead of tram testing

Posted on - 19th January, 2017 - 2:36pm | Author - | Posted in - Deepdale, News, Roads, Transport
The old railway line is being uncovered Pic: Simon Holmes

The old railway line is being uncovered Pic: Simon Holmes

Work has begun on the new tram line in Deepdale.

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Plans for a test line for the Preston Trampower project were approved late last year after six years of back and forth.

Simon Holmes snapped these pictures of overgrown vegetation and trees being cleared.

A tram station and test line are being built at Deepdale Mill Road.

Network Rail has signs out at the Skeffington Road crossing explaining work to cut back vegetation is ongoing.

Read more: A brief history of trams in Preston

Signs out as work begins

Signs out as work begins

As the trees and plants are chopped away the old Preston-Longridge railway line is becoming clear.

More of the old railway line becoming clear near the West View Leisure Centre

More of the old railway line becoming clear near the West View Leisure Centre

Read more: A history of the ghost railway line running through Preston

Mr Holmes said: “The old railway lines are now clearly visible from the crossing right up to the buffer at West View leisure centre.”

The test tram line will not take paying customers but will be used as a demonstration.

If successful further plans for the trams show it stretching out as far as BAE at Samlesbury.

What do you think about the tram test? Let us know in the comments below

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