A LINDSAY Street tramline will be pitched to the Launceston City Council this month for its $7.8 million redevelopment of North Bank.
The Launceston Tram Society proposes a 1.2-kilometre track to run along Lindsay Street at a $3 million projected cost.
Society spokesman Robert Neave said the construction cost could be covered by part of the federal government's $6 million contribution to the redevelopment.
He said two heritage trams were available to operate on the route - the 50-seat Tram 29, the last tram built for Launceston in 1930, and the 36-seat Tram 1, Launceston's first tram, which is almost fully restored.
Mr Neave said a volunteer workforce, which already operates a two-kilometre line at Inveresk, would ensure minimal overheads on the new line with no ongoing costs to the council after construction.
``We have an existing operation maintenance facility and expertise,'' he said.
``The only cost would be electricity, which will be covered by fares collected.''
Mr Neave said the project would add to Launceston's tourist appeal.
``We're not saying that this will be a tourism attractor but it could contribute to people staying longer in Launceston,'' he said.
Mr Neave said the tramline could be used for event transport, weddings and school excursions, and trams could serve coffee and snacks.
The Tram Society's new proposal follows a former $10 million plan for a city tram service from Inveresk to Home Point via Civic Square.
Mr Neave said the North Bank line could be further extended into the city in the future.
The Launceston City Council has plans to turn the industrial North Bank into a community space of parklands and recreational facilities.
Council general manager Robert Dobrzynski said a tramline had not been considered by the council when it lobbied for federal funding to realise the redevelopment.
``The council will, of course, consider any proposal brought to it, however, at first glance this idea has a number of problems associated with it,'' he said.
``That funding from the federal government is specifically allocated to the implementation of the master plan and does not have any provision for trams.
``I can contemplate significant difficulties in reallocating that funding to a project the council hasn't even seen yet.''