2 Aug 2011

Trams make return to central Auckland

8:42 pm on 2 August 2011

Auckland waterfront's tram loop is officially on the rails and will be unveiled to the public on Saturday.

It is the first time trams have operated on central Auckland streets in more than 50 years.

Waterfront Auckland has leased two 1920s Melbourne trams which will take passengers on a 1.5km circuit of the revamped Wynyard quarter.

The bright red vintage trams will take people on a 15-minute tour of the waterfront, making four stops.

The larger tram weighs 17 tonnes and can seat 52 passengers, while the smaller nine-tonne version can carry 32 people.

Waterfront Auckland chief executive John Dalzell says the pilot scheme could eventually lead to a much bigger tram system for the city.

Mr Dalzell says the group is working with the Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to investigate the next step, such as a link to central station Britomart.