Plans to revive the tramways of Southampton has bee submitted and will be studied to see if it is feasible. 

With traffic in the Southampton area becoming more and more of an issue, a multi-million pound tram network plan has been created and will soon be going under studies to see whether it would be feasible in the modern day.

The plans would see trams run within the Southampton city centre and stretch out towards Eastleigh, with plans to expand even further to Fareham and Romsey.

Gary Jefferies from the Solent Enterprise Partnership said: “We are looking to establish a rail light in Southampton to reduce traffic congestion in the region.

“The initial plans will cost £1 million to commission the study which is required in order to get potential government funding from Central Government.”

Southampton’s original tramway opened in 1898, supporting the growing city and making transport between locations quicker and easier, with the route stretching around 13 miles. The line stayed open until after World War 2, when the tramway eventually closed in 1949.

By Jarrod Jones

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