Trampower Ltd submits plans to reopen former railway line and build tram stop in Preston

VISION: An artist's impression of how the tram stop in Deepdale Street could look
VISION: An artist's impression of how the tram stop in Deepdale Street could look
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Plans for the first phase of a project to build a tram line in Preston have been tabled.

The company behind the plans, Trampower Ltd, has submitted plans to reopen a former railway line in the Deepdale area of the city.

The firm is proposing to open a 0.45km stretch of the old line between the coal yard off Deepdale Street and the rear of St Chads Road and build a tram stop and storage.

Plans also include a station platform building.

A business plan which was first submitted in 2012 states the tram line would cost £23m to build and there would be 15 stops along the route.

The route would be 6.5km and the peak service would see one tram every six minutes and they would run from the city centre to the park and ride at Bluebell Way in Fulwood.

Previously an application was submitted and validated for the tram line to run up Church Street and Fishergate towards the train station - where major roadworks are currently underway.

But Lincoln Shields from Trampower said an alternative ‘Plan B’ route could be to use the Miley Tunnel - a disused railway line leading to the into the station.

He said money to fund the project would come from “private sources.”

He added: “This is the first essential stage for us because it contains a depot building, in that depot building - which will go up very quickly if we get planning permission - will be a prototype tram.”

Meanwhile the leader of Lancashire County Council Coun Jennifer Mein said: “I would love to see trams in Preston, I would love to be the leader that brought them to Preston.

“There should’ve been a demonstrator line in 2009 but nothing’s happened yet.

“I realise they have put in a fresh planning application but I’m not sure that means they are able to move forward.

“With regard to the work in Fishergate - we can’t wait forever, that work has overtaken them to a certain extent.

“It would be a complete waste of money for that to be finished and ripped up, but knowing Trampower it could be another 20 years.