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Future of horse trams: Joint statement from Council and Department of Infrastructure

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 19:23

A very productive meeting of representatives of Douglas Borough Council and relevant government departments and bodies was held on January 27 2016 to discuss the Douglas horse trams.


The Council's role in operating the horse trams for more than a century was recognised and applauded.


A number of workable options for the possible retention of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway were discussed.


A working party comprising officers from Government, the Council, Manx National Heritage and Culture Vannin has been established. The working party will gather information and suggest a way forward with a view to operating a horse tram service this season and to consider the long term future of the horse trams. 


Hon Phil Gawne MHK, Minister for Infrastructure, said: ‘The working party will wish to speak to interested parties as its work continues. It is important to remember, however, that the reason the decision was taken to stop the horse tram service was a shortage of funding and this remains a significant issue in identifying a future for the horse trams.’


Council Leader David Christian commented: ‘The Council is happy to support the working party by its officers ensuring all necessary information is supplied. I recognised the commitment around the table this evening of all the representatives present; there is a clear desire to work together to secure the best outcome for the Isle of Man.’