Finally, after 6 years of waiting, Preston has finally been given the green light for their tram system.
There have been numerous attempts to run a line in and around Deepdale that have been ignored. But today, Thursday 10th November, Preston City Council voted in favour of the plans. Preston Trampower have already built a tram station, platform and tram depot which will be put into use. Along with an abandoned train line between Skeffington Road and Deepdale Street. This used to be used for the Longridge to Preston rail line.
Preston Trampower’s Lewis Lesley commented,
“Bringing trams back to Preston after more than 80 years was always going to be an ambitious undertaking, but hopefully this planning consent can lead to bigger and better things in the future.
“We still believe this exciting pilot project can act as a precursor to a fully operational tram system for Preston that can be easily extended across the city and link up to other transport hubs.”
Original plans were scrapped in 2010 due to concerns with traffic around Deepdale, PWA Planning analysed the most recent plans but they were simply planned ‘too ambitious’.
Daniel Hughes, senior planner at PWA Planning, said:
“We’ve worked with Preston Trampower to help satisfy a variety of planning constraints and we’re pleased this ambitious scheme finally has permission to move forward.
“The project had a rather long planning history, but since being brought in we’ve been able to help the company devise a clear strategy to achieve their objectives.”
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