Discerning readers will have noticed the image change on the tramtalk header. This is an acknowledgement of progress being made in outline proposals for a remarkable development at Wyre Dock.
'Fleetwood's Moving Past' is intended as the marketing 'brand' for the tram (and bus) heritage element at a regenerated Wyre Dock.
The Trust has been engaged in formulating a commercial scheme that includes the originating tram display with a skills training workshop at this Fleetwood location. Understandably details of the overall scheme are still confidential but the tram part had been identified over the past year. Subject to successful negotiations private sector funding will lead construction of a depot and trackwork on an extended loop line. A purpose designed workshop will allow for restoration to operating condition of most of the Trust's collection in a phased programme with apprenticeship training.
The importance of trams, trawlers and fishing will be among highlights in the commercial and leisure mix intended as a new landmark attraction for Fleetwood.
A corporate entity has been created to take forward a broad scheme for Wyre Dock. Arup, a global engineering and design group, are acting as Advisors to Wyre Dock Development Ltd. The company is in discussion with Associated British Ports on the phasing and outline planning of an emergent scheme which incorporates the originating tram display and workshop objectives of the FHLT. A website is being prepared on the importance of this ambitious undertaking.
Timing could not be better for Fleetwood's future, given the remarkable achievement of the Town's Football Club, now presently on track for promotion to the Championship in 2017/18 - all things being equal.