Cambridge Street Tramways

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Cambridge Street Tramways
Cambridge Street Tram.jpg
Locale Cambridge, England
Open 28 October 1880
Close 18 February 1914
Status Closed
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Horse
Depot(s) Junction of East Road and Dover Street
Route length 2.67 miles (4.30 km)
Cambridge Street Tramways.jpg

Cambridge Street Tramways operated a horse-drawn tramway service in Cambridge, England, between 1880 and 1914.[1]


Back of the tram depot from Dover Street

The tramway was inspected by Major General Charles Scrope Hutchinson from the Board of Trade and opened for public use on 28 October 1880. The system consisted of two routes: Market Hill to East Road (terminating where the Grafton Centre is now) and Cambridge Post Office (then located next to St Andrew the Great's Church in Sidney Street) to Cambridge railway station. The routes crossed at Hyde Park Corner, next to the church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs.[2][3] Other lines proposed along Newmarket Road, Maid’s Causeway and Emmanuel Road were not constructed. The depot, at the junction of East Road and Dover Street,[2] is now a pub named "The Tram Depot".


In 1907, the Ortona Bus Service was launched and this competition with the tramway service severely affected the profits, and the system struggled on until 18 February 1914 when it closed.[citation needed]

One tram vehicle survived closure, and was acquired by the Ipswich Transport Museum in 2003.[4]


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Taylor and Francis.[not specific enough to verify]
  2. ^ a b Cambridgeshire XLVII.2 (includes: Cambridge) (Map). 2,500. Ordnance Survey. 1903. 
  3. ^ Cambridgeshire XLVII.6 (includes: Cambridge) (Map). 2,500. Ordnance Survey. 1903. 
  4. ^ Vintage Carriages Trust, Tram Vehicle Survey.[not specific enough to verify]

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