Chester Tramways Company
|Chester Tramways Company|
|Open||10 June 1878|
|Close||1 January 1902|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Route length||2.38 miles (3.83 km)|
Services started on 10 June 1878 with a route from Chester railway station and the Castle. This was extended to Curzon Street, Saltney on 21 June 1879.
The company was required by the Chester Tramways Act, 41 & 42 Vict. c. clxxiv, 1878, to pay to the Dee Bridge Commissioners an annual sum for the use of Grosvenor Bridge. T he Improvement Act of 1884 gave the Company the option of either contributing £1,000 towards freeing the tolls, or paying £85 per annum to Chester Corporation until 1899
Under the Chester Corporation Act of 1901, the council took up its option to purchase the assets of the company. It did this for a cost of £18,000 (£1,705,047 in 2014), and services continued as Chester Corporation Tramways.
- The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
- The London Gazette, 19 November 1880, 5848
- UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.