March 20th, 1899.
Blackburn Times March 18th, 1899. Page 7.
The electric tramway system having been approved by Major Cardew, an inspector of the Board of Trade, who made his official visit last week, the new service on the Preston New-road section will commence running on Monday morning next. A special meeting of the Tramway's Committee was held on Wednesday afternoon, when it was decided to request the Mayor, Mr. Eli Heyworth, to formally open the electric tramway on Wednesday, the 29th.