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London Mayor gives go-ahead to new trams and busways

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, has today given the go-ahead for two new tram schemes and also two new bus schemes across London.

The two tram schemes are:

The bus schemes are:

Announcing the new schemes Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, said:

"People have been talking about these schemes for seven years; I am going to implement them. The West London and Cross River Trams will provide faster and more reliable public transport in these heavily congested areas of London. Each of these schemes will carry the same number of passengers as carried on the Docklands Light Railway. These schemes follow from the success of the Croydon Tramlink where a recent study showed that 19 percent of Tramlink passengers had previously used a car for their journey."

To avoid placing an unmanageable burden on the available resources and the existing roads and transport network, these scheme will be phased over the next eight to nine years. Transport for London will seek powers to construct and operate the West and East London transit schemes immediately, while simultaneously continuing development of the Cross River and Greenwich Waterfront schemes, with the intention of applying for powers as soon as possible. All the transit schemes will use a mixture of existing infrastructure and new build. There will be further consultation of residents and businesses on the detailed scheme development.

29 May 2002

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