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Where Preston’s tram plans are up to in the city

Posted on - 22nd June, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Deepdale, News, Politics, Transport
An artists impression of how the tram stop on Deepdale Street would look
An artists impression of how the tram stop on Deepdale Street would look

The next step in Preston’s potential tram network is being taken from early July.

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Preston Trampower – who are in the process of building a test line in the city – are putting in a three-and-a-half mile route for approval.

It wants to use parts of the former Longridge to Preston railway line and go right into the city centre in future.

Professor Lewis Lesley, the man behind the project, said they were progressing the test line and station at Deepdale Mill Street well.

He said: “We now feel we can table these plans for extending the tram network in the city.

“Work on the pilot line has been moving well and we’re continuing to clear the old railway lines in Deepdale.

“Those in the area will start to see the poles going up to run the power for the trams.”

The old railway line is being uncovered Pic: Simon Holmes
The old railway line is being uncovered Pic: Simon Holmes

Read more: History of the ghost railway line running through Preston

He said the planning application would be lodged in early July and would hopefully be heard by councillors on the planning committee before the end of the year.

Prof Lesley said: “We’re pleased by the support there has been for our tram proposals amongst the public in Preston.

“It is the best way to ease congestion in the city and we hope we can find a way to make this work.”

Preston Trampower says the section of line it is lodging plan for – which would include stops at Deepdale Shopping Park, the football stadium and the university – is worth around £19million.

A potential route for the tram line in Preston
A potential route for the tram line in Preston

PWA Planning is acting for the tram provider and Prof Lesley said they had a growing number of organisations backing its proposals.

The Preston trampower team
The Preston trampower team

A potential sticking point is regarding land in Deepdale near the Gafoor factory – it is understood Trampower needs to buy certain sections of land to be able to complete its route.

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