Staying on track with rail costs

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

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Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne told Keys members his department spent more than a quarter of a million pounds on railway lines recently.

Responding to a question from Malew and Santon MHK Graham Cregeen, Mr Gawne told members £56,924 was spent on 700 metres of rails to carry out repairs at four sites over the last winter. In addition £200,140 was spent on an advance purchase of rails for the promenade horse tram line. Buying in advance had created substantial savings on the full price of £1.185 million, he said. If the rail is not required for the promenade it can be used by the electric railway.

‘I assume the member for Malew and Santon raised the matter in order to praise the department over this matter,’ Mr Gawne said.

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