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Douglas Horse Trams to Return for 2016

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The Friends of the Douglas Bay Tramway have just announced that the trams have been reprieved for the coming year, very good news.

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The Government Department of Infrastructure (who already run the Manx Electric, Snaefell and Steam Railways) will operate the horse trams "using existing railway staff", on a "reduced service from early May"

 

As I understand it, there is a cap of £50,000 on subsidy from the DoI, compared to claimed costs of between £240k and £270k and reported losses of £100k - £150k so it may not be a daily service or reduced operating hours.

 

There is no commitment beyond this year.

 

http://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/government-to-keep-horse-trams-on-track-for-now/

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