Bournemouth Corporation Tramways

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Bournemouth Corporation Tramways
Bournemouth, The Square.jpg
Tram 47 in The Square, Bournemouth, ca. 1910
Locale Bournemouth
Open 23 July 1902
Close 8 April 1936
Status Closed
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Route length 16.11 miles (25.93 km)

Bournemouth Corporation Tramways served the town of Bournemouth in Dorset (although at the time it was in Hampshire) from 23 July 1902 until 8 April 1936.[1]


In June 1905 the company took a lease on the Poole and District Electric Tramways and a connection was made to this system for through running.

Until May 1911, part of the system was equipped with conduit supply to avoid unsightly overhead wiring on the central section of the tramway. From May 1911, overhead wiring was introduced.


The system extended to the suburb of Winton to the north and to the adjacent towns of Poole to the west and Christchurch to the east.

Routes were centred on The Square at SZ 0857 9119. The major lines were:

  • heading east along Old Christchurch Road, Christchurch Road, Seabourne Road, Belle Vue Road, Foxholes Road, Belle Vue Road, Stour Road, Bargates then High Street (Christchurch) to a terminus at Christchurch Castle at SZ 1591 9267.
  • heading west along Commercial Road, Poole Road, Ashley Road, North Road, Parkstone Road then Longfleet Road to a terminus at Poole railway station at SZ 0132 9105.
  • heading north along Richmond Hill then Wimborne Road to a terminus at its junction with Redhill Crescent at SZ 0899 9513.

There were four depots:


The fleet, in a livery of chocolate and cream, consisted of:

  • 151 double deck tramcars.[1]
  • 1 single deck tramcar.[1]


The tramway system began its closure in 1929 when motorbuses of Hants and Dorset Motor Services were introduced as a tram replacement on the Lower Parkstone route. In 1933 Bournemouth Corporation began to open trolleybus routes, and in 1936 the remaining tram routes were converted to operation by the trolleybuses of Bournemouth Corporation.[1]

Preserved tramcar[edit]

Bournemouth tram number 85 is preserved and on static display at the Museum of Electricity in Christchurch.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Turner, Keith (1996). The Directory of British Tramways. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-549-9. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°43′13″N 1°52′48″W / 51.7203°N 1.8799°W / 51.7203; -1.8799