Douglas horse trams to run for 2016 season

Reported in Isle of Man Today.

The Isle of Man’s horse trams will be back in action this summer after being given a temporary reprieve from closure.

The Department of Infrastructure will operate the historic attraction for the 2016 season, maintaining a reduced service using existing staff.

After approval from from the Council of Ministers and a deal with Douglas Borough Council to use the trams and horses at no cost, the trams will run between May and October.

Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne MHK told iomtoday: ‘I’m delighted that we’ve been able to offer the horse trams a temporary reprieve, but beyond the summer we will have to have a major rethink about their future.’

At the moment it’s only a temporary reprieve, but it’s a step in the right direction. Let’s hope it’s more than a brief stay of execution.

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