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Government hints at horse tram U-turn

Controversial proposals narrowly defeated in Tynwald

Controversial proposals to shorten the Island's iconic horse tram service have been narrowly defeated - but probably only for a month.

Five months after Tynwald voted for the service to continue running the full length of Douglas Promenade, the court has hinted at a u-turn.

But there will need to be a combined vote on the matter in January after the House of Keys and Legislative Council were divided over the issue.

Tynwald had been asked to approve plans to redevelop the promenade and renew twin horse tram tracks in the centre of the prom - but only between Broadway and Summerhill.

North Douglas MHK David Ashford had earlier accused the Department of Infrastructure of 'chancing their arm' and 'insanity'.

He said it was 'ludicrous' to end the horse trams at the Villa Marina both from a heritage value and safety point of view and would guarantee a reduction in passenger numbers.

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