Tram Strategy

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0528
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

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Answer for Tram Strategy

Answer for Tram Strategy

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

This refers to a tram strategy when what we are doing is providing transport of all modes under a transport strategy. I can see what it might be getting at, but the proposals for trams and light transit along various corridors are related to what we believe the forward demand for transport is in those corridors.

Therefore, following a lot of work, there are currently three tram proposals under consideration. One of them is the West London Tram, on which there has been some consultation so far and on which work, as you know, is going on to bring it to the TfL Board and, if the Board agree, towards a public inquiry, at which both the case for it and the objections against it can be fully considered.

The second is the Cross River Tram, which would make a considerable contribution to economic regeneration of South East London, as well as improving transport links across Central London, and which we have just started a consultation on the route.

The third is a small extension to Croydon Tramlink and Crystal Palace.

Those form, for the moment, the proposals about trams as part of the overall transport work going forward.

The two other things that you might want to put into this mix are the light transit bus way schemes, one of which is ELT in East London and the other of which is GWT in South East London, which were originally looked at as being schemes which might be suitable for a tram at some stage but which have been progressed as road vehicle schemes for the simple reason that the volumes of people likely to use them is insufficient to justify the capital cost of the tram.