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Preston Trams update to be given at public meeting

Posted on - 24th July, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Deepdale, Politics, Preston News, St Matthews, 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

A public meeting takes place during Wednesday evening into the future of a tram line for the city.

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Preston Trampower is giving Prestonians a chance to hear about their proposals.

Households near the Deepale trial route have been invited to the Landmark Centre in Ribbleton Lane.

Trampower are holding the session for people to ask about what they say is a ‘game-changing project’ for the city.

Read more: Amended tram plans for Deepdale test line lodged

They won planning permission to reopen a stretch of the Preston to Longridge rail line and run a tram on a test line in Deepdale.

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

Work had begun on the stretch of line but is understood to have been delayed due to legal wrangles over land ownership.

Director of Preston Trampower Lincoln Shields said: “I spoke with many local people last week and they want the tramway now to stop the fly tipping and anti-social behaviour.

“We hope to be on site shortly to start the works for the planning permission to build a depot and the pilot tram line with a tram stop. We will be able to train staff to operate a safe tramway, and give sample tram rides to local people so they can get a taste for the future with a green and clean tramway.”

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

Councillors in Deepdale and neighbouring wards have also been invited to the event at 6pm on Wednesday (24 July). Members of the public are welcome to attend and there’s no need to book.

Plans and other information about the tram line will be on display during the event.

Read more: A brief history of when Preston had trams

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