Southport Corporation Tramways



Owner Southport Corporation
Took over (track) 1896 (Southport Tramways Company Ltd [horse] - lines within the municpal boundary)
Operator (lessee) STCo
Took over (track) 1st January 1900 (Birkdale and Southport Tramways Company - lines within the municipal boundary)
First electric route 18th July 1900
Operator Southport Corporation
Operator (lessee) B&STCo
Lease revised 15th July 1901 (STCo) - 21-year lease granted
Took over (operation) 15th December 1901 - lines within the municipal borough formerly leased to the B&STCo (horse)
Operator Southport Corporation
Last horse service 12th December 1902
Took over (track) 1st April 1912 (lines owned by Birkdale Urban District Council but leased to the STCoL, following BUDC's absorption by Southport when it became a County Borough)
Took over (ownership) 1st March 1918 (STCo)
Name changed 1934 (to Southport Corporation Transport')
Closed 31st December 1934
Length 17.3 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description Title (‘Southport Corporation Tramways’) in garter, surrounding arms (shield with three crosses and an oared boat surmounted by a cross with snake ) all above motto: ‘Salvs popvli’ (For the health of the people)
Materials known Brass; black horn
Button Line reference [114/64]

Comment Given that the name of the municipal transport undertaking was only changed to 'Southport Corporation Transport' in 1934, the year the tramway closed, it is highly unlikely that tramcar staff would have been issued with uniforms bearing 'Southport Corporation Transport' buttons.