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Cantabrians and visitors can ride the full 5km circuit around the central city now that the new 500m track extension is in operation.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel opened the track at a ceremony on Thursday.
She said the extension will enable passengers to connect more easily with central city businesses and attractions.
Tram driver Barry Corbett said he can now drive around the full loop. "It's just a wonderful way of seeing the whole city."
Corbett said the trams are so busy, they recently had to make a public appeal for new drivers. He said about 70 or 80 people had applied for the roles.
The extended 18-stop circuit also opens up the option of running tram trailers on the circuit for the first time in more than 10 years.
- By Geoff Sloan
- Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air