Trams could be returning to Stoke-on-Trent

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Ninety years since the last tram made its way through Stoke-on-Trent, a multi-million-pound plan hopes to revolutionise the city’s transport and re-introduce them.

The proposal aims to try and reduce congestion within the city, with tram routes planned from Stoke-on-Trent railway station to Hanley city centre and Etruria Valley.

Since 1928, the city has used buses as its main mode of transport, but the tram line was previously used for 30 years.

The trams ran from The Red Lion Hotel to the city centre for 30 years up until 1928.

Local historian, Fred Hughes said, “It was so easy to get on a tram to travel across the city from end to end.”

Since the trams ceased operation, buses have been the main form of transport.

by Paul Buckingham

The news comes after Stoke-on-Trent was shortlisted for the Transforming Cities Fund.

The fund would provide a share of a £840 million pot for ten cities in the UK.

This would go towards creating new modes of transport, such as the new tram line.

Fred Hughes added: “A tram line would attract business so long as you can get people out of cars and using public transport”.

Alongside the tram line there are also plans for a light rail service and electric buses.

The Transforming Cities Fund is used to bring cities into the future, in terms of the transport.

Stoke City Council is also considering introducing automated, self-driving pods that would be available for the public to use.

The fund itself is being used across the country to aid the government in creating higher-paying jobs. This is so that Britain can be leading the industries of the future.

Technological advances in transport will allow commuters to get to work quicker and in a more efficient way.

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