Cleverly, the planners have avoided adding to York's horrendous traffic congestion by routeing the new service through a piece of "green" space ...
The pattern of the proposed service is for Monday to Saturday trams to run every 20 minutes through from Leeds via Harrogate to York. A 10 minute freuency would operate between Leeds and Horsforth using the new Network Rail turn-back siding. Likewise trams would run every ten minutes between Harrogate and Knaresborough. On Sundays, and to encourage tourism, there would be a simple end-to-end service every 30 minutes.
Final arrangements for finance are being sorted out over the next few weeks with FirstDev's bankers in Nicosia and, assuming no unforeseen hitches, work will start early in 2014.
fbb is enormously grateful for briefings from FirstDev's enthusiastic PR team; and especially for tireless explanations and copious cups of coffee provided by the delightfully patient Ali Porlof.