$1.6m tramway repair to go ahead

02:33, Nov 22 2012

Christchurch City councillors have voted unanimously to proceed with repairs to the city's heritage tramway.

If the repairs go according to plan, trams could be plying the streets of Christchurch again by the middle of next year.

Repairing the tramway will cost about $1.6 million but most of that is likely to be covered by an insurance payout the council is negotiating with its insurers.

Initially, only the original 2.6-kilometre loop will be repaired as the city council is still locked in discussions with the Christchurch Central Development Unit on the future of the tramway extension, which was nearing completion when the earthquakes hit.

Before the quakes, an estimated 280,000 people rode the trams each year.

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