Trams return to Auckland Streets.
After more than 50 years, trams will be running along Jellicoe, Daldy, Gaunt and Halsey Streets with the hope that in the not-so-distant future the trams will continue along Quay Street and up Queen Street. It is hard to imagine that Auckland used to have an extensive tram network covering most of the inner city suburbs but by 1956 all traces were removed to make way for motor vehicles, what shame ! At least now sanity is returning and we hope that this is the start of greater things to come.
Heritage trams will be used along the 1.5km loop which will run clockwise along Jellicoe Street, down Halsey street, along Gaunt street and up Daldy Street. There will be four tram stops; Jellicoe, Gateway, Gaunt and Daldy. There are also plans to eventually upgrade the heritage trams and replace them with modern and sleek light rail which could better serve Auckland’s needs. There won’t be much to see along the route and will only act as a folly for now but once ASB’s new office building opens and apartments start rising in the area we can confidently say that the trams/light rail will be very popular indeed. All aboard, next stop – Jellicoe !