Don’t mention ‘Merseytram’ as modern streetcars could make a welcome return to the Wirral

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/trams-set-return-merseyside-operate-15262163#ICID=Android_EchoNewsApp_AppShare

Any politician who lived through the Merseytram fiasco (I did) must wince when they hear that there could be plans to reintroduce modern streetcars on the Wirral. Merseytram was Merseyside politicians shooting themselves in both feet!

But hey lets try to be positive as streetcars/trams/light rail are the future for urban transportation especially over shortish routes and I’m a fan of them having recently experienced the excellent NET tram system that runs in and around Nottingham.

A Nottingham NET Tram at the Phoenix Park terminus.

What’s more inter-political party co-operation on the Wirral with both the Lib Dems and Greens co-sponsoring the matter on their Council. Not usually a very British way of doing politics because political parties are expected to oppose the ideas of other parties, even when they agree with them, simply because the ideas are from another party. Whatever next? I bet the national press will not want such political cooperation to bed in into our adversarial political culture as it’s the pointless party political battles they love to report upon.

Also Wirral Transport Museum and the tramway which runs from their Taylor Street premises to Woodside Ferry Terminal gets a mention in the Liverpool Echo article. The museum is well worth a visit and you can ride on old fashioned trams there too, like this one:-

‘Baby Grand’ Liverpool Tramcar 245 at Woodside Ferry Terminal.

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting

2 thoughts on “Don’t mention ‘Merseytram’ as modern streetcars could make a welcome return to the Wirral

  1. nigel hunter says:

    Yes. It is time for parties to work together when it is in the peoples interest.Our adverserael system is now out of date. A throwback to the past

  2. Phil Holden says:

    The tram systems in Nottingham and Manchester are good. But whether they are actually at all economic v buses I wouldn’t like to say, but I think I can guess. The procurement director of First Group once gave me an insight into just how much anything that runs on rails costs against road. It was his budget, I’m sure he knew what he was talking about. Just compare the number of tram vehicles in the country to the number of buses and think about the old economic concept of economies of scale. I suspect Merseytravel area’s taxpayers got off lightly when the trams got squashed. Sorry and all that, they are nice to look at on heritage systems and in museums! I accept there might just be a climate change argument but it would be very marginal. Aren’t I a spoilsport….

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