Isle of Man News - POSTED Tue 18-03-2014

Urgent works on MER line

by Joanne Clague

Urgent works on MER line - picture

A sinkhole that opened up below the electric railway line near Ballaglass Glen, Maughold, in February won't prevent the line from operating for the spring and summer season, according to the government.

Emergency repairs to make the line safe will cost £20,000 but long term measures will still need to be taken.

There had been fears the line would not be open in time to cater for Easter and TT visitors.

Chris Robertshaw, Minister for DCCL in charge of the MER, steam railway and Snaefell railway, said: 'Damage to the Manx Electric Railway line near Ballaglass Glen is not expected to prevent trams operating between Douglas and Ramsey from 4 April as scheduled. We are grateful for the speed of the report from specialist engineers who have been much in demand with railway companies across Britain.

'This is on top of repairs required on all three railways following severe weather-related damage that have cost in excess
of £500,000 over the past two years. Additionally IoM Railways has undertaken a schedule of planned improvements, including
more than 200 metres of life-expired track renewed at Howstrake before Christmas at a cost of £100,000.’

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