The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has announced that plans for a tram system in west London have been abandoned. Transport for London (TfL) had proposed the tram saying it would be a massive investment, boost the economy and make travel much easier in west London, but the proposals had met with considerable opposition from residents and traders. Many felt that the proposals and consultation had been badly handled and had failed to convince the local population of its advantages.
Part of the reasoning for the abandonment was that a positive decision on Crossrail with its increased capacity would mean that substantially improved bus services would become a practical alternative to a tram along the Uxbridge Road. It is of course no certainty that Crossrail will get approval - in which case the area would have missed its opportunity and may well come to regret the decision.
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