Trams are expected to run on Auckland’s waterfront by August in an $8 million project which saw the first modest section of tracks laid this week.
As well as securing a lease of two heritage trams from a museum in Bendigo, Victoria, the Auckland Waterfront Development Agency also hopes to borrow an electric light-railcar for demonstration purposes during the Rugby World Cup.
The trams will run clockwise on a 1.5km circuit of Wynyard Quarter – between Jellicoe, Halsey, Gaunt and Daldy Sts – to draw visitors to the developing precinct and to provide them with on-board information about its attractions…
It is fantastic (and a little surreal) to see the idea that the CBT pitched to the ARC in 2008 is actually becoming a reality. A demonstrator for a modern light rail vehicle which could run on the same track is an excellent idea too – hopefully the start of our future light rail network.