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Reprieve over railway's closure
A Manx tram - picture courtesy of the Isle of Man government
Trains will run on a single track over the summer months
A section of the Manx Electric Railway which was due to close over the summer in the north of the island has been given a reprieve.

The railway between Ramsey and Laxey was set to close after a report sparked safety concerns over the unsatisfactory condition of some track sections.

However, Tynwald has agreed to spend nearly 5m on track replacement.

Trains on the railway will now run on a single track from July to September while the other track is replaced.

The rest of the work will be carried out in the autumn and winter.

Joint effort

Tourism Minister Adrian Earnshaw praised the efforts of everyone involved in getting the track sorted out for the summer season.

"We've had an awful lot of help from our partners in this," he said.

"The treasury, the council of ministers, the CDL who are the railway inspectors, and RMS Local Tech who are the engineers who have been working on the railway these last few months, have all been very helpful.

"They {RMS Local Tech} have said they will leave a team of men on the Isle of Man.

"That and the money has been the key to unlock this and find the solution that we've now got."



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