Chester Tramways Company

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Chester Tramways Company
Locale Chester
Open 10 June 1878
Close 1 January 1902
Status Closed
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Horse
Route length 2.38 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 £1,762,354 in 2015),[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 Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)",