Cross River Tram

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


What benefits for residents and businesses do you expect for Somers Town in Camden from the Cross River Tram?


Answer for Cross River Tram

Answer for Cross River Tram

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

As a supporter of this scheme you are aware of the type of benefits a major project like this can bring. For Somers Town, we, TfL and the boroughs need to work early with residents and businesses to ensure that those benefits are maximised.TfL, in partnership with the boroughs of Camden, Lambeth, Southwark and City of Westminster is just embarking on public consultation on route options for the CRT with citizens, businesses and stakeholders.One of the options under consideration is between Kings Cross and Euston, potentially serving Somers Town. In the UK trams have shown that they play a major role in bringing new jobs, investment and growth to local communities. Cross River Tram would bring these benefits to residents in Somers Town and in other boroughs along the route, significantly improving access to opportunities, by linking these and other neighbourhoods to around 1 million jobs in central London.Trams are powered by electricity so produce no direct emissions, reducing pollution on London's streets. Some new trams can even recycle their own energy by 30%.Cross River tram (CRT) is an exciting opportunity offering a new link for London.