Belgrave Road reveals Tram Rails

23 Jul

Sightings of the original tramway track continue to come in as various contractors carry out work around the city. This excellent find has surfaced due to the major road works taking place on Belgrave Road as a result of the demoliton of the Belgrave Flyover.

The centre of this view, looking into town, reveals that workers are using the line of the original tramway rail to guide them with the laying of new kerb stones.

Currently, approximately 20ft of rail can be seen exposed between Moorgate Street and Olphin Street. The clean view, without the flyover present, gives us some idea of the view that greeted a driver as he proceeded past the Great Northern Station and on towards Painter Street,  St Marks Church and the Clock Tower.

In 1973 there was chaos on Belgrave Road also - this time for the construction of the Belgrave Flyover. This scene, taken in almost the same spot, reveals the extent of the rails on display during construction. Image (C) Mike Greenwood. Leicester Transport Heritage Trust.

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