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Laxey’s tram station starts to get back on the track

Track relaying and realignment at Laxey's Manx Electric Railway station,

Track relaying and realignment at Laxey's Manx Electric Railway station,

  • by Adrian Darbyshire
 

New-look Laxey tram station is taking shape.

But enthusiasts are hoping that it will have lost none of its former timeless charm.

Just two months ago, the site resembled a bombsite as contractors ripped up rails and felled trees as part of £678,000 ‘improvement’ scheme.

Now work to relay the trackwork is making good progress.

Tynwald approved funding for project to replace aging trackwork at last October’s sitting.

Community, Culture and Leisure Minister Graham Cregeen warned that without these vital engineering works the Manx Electric Railway would be forced to close for good. The scheme will also allow the first phase of the Laxey regeneration to begin.

But members of the Manx Electric Railway Society fear the track renewals will be just the start. They pointed out that plans have been approved which will see the introduction of modernistic street furniture and inappropriate paving as part of the regeneration of the area. And they are not reassured by comments from the Minister that there is no money in the budget for such a scheme.

The rustic-looking station building and kiosks have been retained.

 

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