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Campaign Group Hopes To Bring Back Trams To Weymouth

Weymouth Harbour

8:08am 17th July 2014

Network Rail is being asked to get on board with plans to bring Weymouth Tramway back into use.

Local campaigners have been in contact with them about the idea.

The line, which carried its last passenger train through the town 20 years ago is still in good condition.

The former quay station platform and buildings are also still intact and structurally good.

Andy Spreadbury from Weymouth Tramway Group says even if they get the go ahead - they then have to look at how it would operate.

"We're hoping that somebody is going to come back and say 'Its only a mile and a half in length - can we afford to donate it?' But then we have all the problems of running it, operating it etc, which have got to be looked into."

"The line is unique because it's the only one left in the United Kingdom which runs through the streets of a town from a point to a harbour."

Weymouth Tramway Group were started 6 weeks ago and have had positive feedback from people who have seen the group's social network page.

They've contacted Dorset County Council and are waiting for a response on the proposal.

They're also talking to local people to see if there's public support to bring back the tramway to Weymouth.

The Line's History:

The line was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1865 for freight traffic, and twenty years later, when the seaside town became popular for visitors, passenger services were provided to serve the Channel Island traffic to Jersey and Guernsey, a service which lasted until 1997, when British Rail was privatised, and the ferry service run by Sealink ended.  Since then, traffic has been sporadic, with only the odd special excursion traversing the line. The last known passage of a train down the line was believed to be twenty years ago.

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