Tram is just the ticket to boost trade

Netta Christie with the new Buxton discovery tram
Netta Christie with the new Buxton discovery tram

A BUXTON couple have created a tram-mendous new way to see the town – and boost local businesses at the same time.

Netta Christie and her husband Nick have converted a milk float into a Victorian style tram, which will take passengers on a relaxing tour of the town, taking in both lower and higher Buxton before then travelling onto Poole’s Cavern.

From March, the tram, known as the Wonder of the Peak, will leave the Pavilion Gardens every hour, giving those on board chance to take in the Crescent, the Dome, the Opera House, the market place and many other aspects of the town.

And linking both Higher Buxton with the lower part of the town is one of the main reasons behind the scheme as Netta explained:

“We just wanted to have something that showcases the whole town.

“Taking the tram to higher Buxton was a big thing for me.

“It gives us a great opportunity to look down on the town from the tremendous view at the top of Hall Bank.

“It is just about keeping everybody informed, whether they are local or a visitor, about what is happening in Buxton and giving some civic pride back.

“A sense of civic pride is important because we have got a beautiful town and we should be very proud of it.”

The tram, which has space for eight people and a top speed of 12 miles an hour, will also be used for a variety of events, including a travelling exhibition of old photographs of Buxton.