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Prom future to be decided by end of 2016

Thu, 20 Oct 2016

Potential changes to the horse trams have slowed plans to reconstruct the promenade (picture from Horse and Hound)
Potential changes to the horse trams have slowed plans to reconstruct the promenade (picture from Horse and Hound)

The Infrastructure Minister has revealed he hopes to have plans in place for the reconstruction of Douglas Promenade by the end of the year.

Several schemes to improve the highway have been published and abandoned over the last year, with changes to the horse tramlines proving a sticking point.

Ray Harmer, who took over at the Department of Infrastructure earlier this month, admitted in the October sitting of Tynwald that there is an urgent need to fix the road.

A short-term fix to improve the northern end of the promenade has already been requested by the new Minister, while further plans are expected in the next two months.

It's expected the initial works will begin within the next few months, with a full reconstruction scheme to be completed in the next couple of years.

The full scheme will require Tynwald to approve the plans and budget, while planning permission may also be required.

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