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Next stage of MER Track Renewal 7 June 2007

At the June sitting of Tynwald, the Minister for Tourism and Leisure will be seeking funding of £1.632 million to enable the next phase of the track renewal scheme for the Manx Electric Railway. The scheme which will, if approved, be undertaken over the winter of 2007/8, when the railway will be closed, involves the renewal of a total of 3½ miles of track, including the priority areas on both the DouglasLaxey and LaxeyRamsey sections of the MER.

As the Minister explained:

‘Whilst we are rightly very proud of our heritage railways we have to recognise that for many years there was a substantial lack of investment in long term maintenance. Since 1999 we have invested in track renewal on both the Steam Railway and the MER and this scheme is an integral part of the planned programme.’

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