It has been due to happen for what seems like a long time but finally the reconstruction of Douglas Promenade is set to get underway with the first preparatory works scheduled to commence on Monday 17th September. Of course, the final result of these works will see the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway confined to a single track section from Broadway along Loch Promenade to the terminus at the Sea Terminal but these initial works shouldn’t see any affect for the tram service for the remainder of the 2018 season.
The preparatory work will take place in several locations including King Edward Road – road resurfacing – and the removal of the raised garden area on Harris Promenade. Kerbing, benches and other street furniture will also be removed.
The whole project is scheduled to take two years and the Department of Infrastructure are currently in the process of finalising the construction programme and traffic management strategy of the scheme. Currently it is not known how the Horse Tramway will be affected by the works but it is fully expected there will be periods when the service is unable to run in full. When details of these are announced we will bring you the latest updates here.