Sealing works won't derail Penny Royal tram return: Dean Cocker

MAKING TRACKS: Workers have begun sealing a pathway atop the Penny Royal tram line. Pictures: Hamish Geale
MAKING TRACKS: Workers have begun sealing a pathway atop the Penny Royal tram line. Pictures: Hamish Geale

The JAC Group still plans to reinstate the windmill-to-Penny Royal tram service despite the tram line's impending transformation into a walkway, says managing director Dean Cocker.

Workers have begun sealing a section of track from the windmill to King's Bridge restaurant in an effort to give pedestrians easier access between the newly-completed TRC car park and Penny Royal.

Mr Cocker said while the tram service was still very much part of the company’s plans, any reinstatement would be at least three years away and would hinge on the TRC Hotel being approved for construction. 

“We would like to get the tram up and operating but it really needs the new hotel to generate enough traffic so it would be economically viable,” Mr Cocker said.

“If that doesn’t go ahead we would probably just leave the tracks sealed so that people can walk from the new carpark we've built over to the Penny Royal.”

Mr Cocker said the new walkway would be completed within the next few weeks.

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