Chester Tramways Company

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Chester Tramways Company
Open10 June 1878
Close1 January 1902
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s)Horse
Route length2.38 miles (3.83 km)

Chester Tramways Company operated an horse-drawn tramway service in Chester between 1878 and 1901.[1]


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. The 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[2]


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 (equivalent to £1,919,477 in 2018),[3] and services continued as Chester Corporation Tramways.


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ The London Gazette, 19 November 1880, 5848
  3. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 27 January 2019.