Close down MER from Ramsey to Laxey

Close down the MER Ramsey to Laxey section, and replace with a scenic off-road bicycle track. This is another "nice to have", cannot be justified in terms of utilisation and income generation, and is duplicating the bus network. It would also mean a saving on the need for the proposed Ramsey transport interchange. It may be necessary to offset with some limited minibus public transport around the Maughold area.

Why the contribution is important

Why are we continuing to run the parallel services of Bus Vannin and MER on this stretch? We need to see some KPI stats on passenger numbers, operational and maintenance costs  and income generated per mile of track for the different sections of the heritage railway. I suspect this section is largely suplerflous and relatively inefficient and expensive to maintain giving a poor retrurn on the investment. It is also too long and slow to serve as a viable public transport function. Douglas to Laxey may be justified given link to SMR and the numbers coming from Douglas to use that.

by Woodyboyo on April 10, 2017 at 05:44PM

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  • Posted by Cooper April 10, 2017 at 17:53

    This would be a retrograde step, and the savings would be far out weighted by the loss of facility for tourists.
  • Posted by OldSailor April 10, 2017 at 22:13

    Unless there is evidence that the tourists are paying for it directly or through all their taxable spending on the island then sod the tourists. I also like the idea of getting bicycles off the roads to these safer routes due to the cost of accidents because they have no road discipline and ride at too slow a speed for the flow of the rest of the traffic.
  • Posted by Hard_Pressed_Taxpayer April 11, 2017 at 09:46

    Great idea! I think we need more realistic thinking along these lines (or lack of lines).

    The double track is also entirely unnecessary, so the remaining section from Douglas to Laxey should be singled and have a passing place maybe near Groudle.

    Fewer cyclists on the roads just makes it a win-win situation!
  • Posted by Shale April 11, 2017 at 11:26

    This isn't a facility for tourists, it is pandering to the pensioner tourist and nobody else. We need modernisation, a modern high speed tram network for younger tourists and workers alike to get around the island efficiently and quickly without having to resort to slow buses.
  • Posted by dpfellows April 11, 2017 at 14:32

    Comments beg the question as to whether enough is done to promote some of the quirky heritage facilities here? There seems to be too much reliance on the TT and MGP for tourism.
  • Posted by ntaverner April 11, 2017 at 16:19

    As the owner of a small tourist accommodation business I can confirm that almost all our guests go on one or both of the MER and the Steam Railway, and thoroughly enjoy it. Only a small proportion go on the horse trams or attend the TT......
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