Gloucester Tramways Company
|Open||26 May 1879|
|Close||17 March 1904|
|Track gauge||4 ft (1,219 mm)|
|Route length||3.4 miles (5.5 km)|
In 1877, when The Gloucester Tramways Company submitted details of a system to the City Council. Gloucester Tramways Company was a subsidiary of the Imperial Tramways Company. The Company obtained an order under the Tramways Act on 8 April 1878.
Track laying started on 16 September 1878. By 24 May 1879, the system was ready for inspection by the Railway Inspector, Colonel Hutchinson.
The depots were located off Bristol Road at its junction with Lysons Road at, and off India Road at .
The company provided services on 3 routes:
- The Fleece in at Wotton along London Road, Northgate Street to The Cross, then Southgate Street to Theresa Place on Bristol Road.
- St. Nicholas Church in Westgate Street to The Cross, then Eastgate Street, Lower Barton Street to India Road.
- Kingsholm on Denmark Road, via Northgate Street to The Cross, then to The Royal Infirmary on Southgate Street.
On 30 September 1902 the Corporation bought out the Tramways Company The purchase price was finally agreed at £26,000 (equivalent to £2,550,000 in 2015).
The sale included the India Road and Bristol Road depots, 100 horses, 14 tram cars, 8 horse buses, and 6 charabancs.
The Council established a new company, the Gloucester Corporation Tramways, for the purpose of modernising the tramway.
- The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
- Gloucester Journal, 24 May 1879
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