Southport’s Tramways

There’s not a huge amount on the web about Southport’s former tramway system and I am talking here about the network of street trams not the Pier Tram which still happily trundles up and down Southport Pier. But there is a fascinating little book published by the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Trust ‘Merseyside Transport’ which with regard to Southport says this:-

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www.mtps.co.uk/

Southport’s tramway was really two systems, operated by a company and corporation until 1918, when they were rolled into one under municipal control. Southport Tramways Company opened the first lines with horse cars from Birkdale Station to Botanic Gardens via Roe Lane in 1873, and via Cambridge Road to Botanic Gardens in 1878.

A second tramway system was begum by the Birkdale and Southport Tramway Co. which opened lines from London Square to Kew Gardens in 1883 and a branch via Sefton St. to the Crown Hotel Birkdale in 1884. It goes on to give more details through to the last cars running on 31st December 1934.

I took the photo below on a visit to Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire back in 2008. It shows a large model of a Birkdale Station to London Square Tram:-

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www.tramway.co.uk/

Talking of models have a look at this link to fascinating model of Southport trams.

://blackpooltram.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/southport-in-day-of-tram.html

By the way the Lib Dem submission to Sefton Council’s recent 3 month consultation period on its draft Local Plan said this:-

The Pier Tram needs to be extended through the shopping area to Southport Station and on to Central 12 Retail Park.

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