A planning application for phase two of the Douglas Promenade reconstruction project has been submitted which if improved will see changes for the Horse Tramway this year ahead of more substantial changes if the proposed phase three is approved at a later date.
Phase two would complete the works from the Sea Terminal to the Admiral Hotel, just past Regent Street and if they are approved it would mean that the Horse Tramway would be temporarily terminated at Regent Street for 2014. The works would see a dedicated corridor for the tramway constructed – for single track only as previously reported – but at this stage no tracks would be laid as that won’t happen until phase three – again if this is approved.
If the planning application is approved for phase two the plans will then go on to Tynwald in May or June with a start likely soon after that. At this stage it is not known whether the Douglas Horse Tramway will be able to run all the way to the Sea Terminal from the start of season, which is usually in the middle of May, or whether the temporary Regent Street terminus will be in action throughout the 2014 season.