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IoM Horse Tram funding approved for 2 years

Douglas Bay Horse Trams began in August 1876 Credit: ITV

The Isle of Man Government has decided to fund the continuation of horse trams for another two years.

From next year until 2018, the trams will be funded by the government, after a decision was made by Douglas Borough Council to end the service. The Department of Infrastructure, with support from Culture Vannin and Manx National Heritage, have been funding the horse trams this year following the Council's decision.

Figures for future plans will be looked into for a new route as well as facilities for the Douglas horse trams.

The trams, which turn 140 years old in August, have long been disputed due to funding the 1.6 mile tramway along Douglas Promenade.