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Merseytram and Manchester Metrolink go ahead

The British government's announcement of local transport plan spending allocations for 2003/4 contains good news for light rail promoters in Liverpool and Greater Manchester, with funding allocations of GBP170 million and GBP520 million respectively. The grant to the Merseyside Passenger Transport Authority will permit work to go ahead on Merseytram line 1 between Liverpool City Centre and Kirkby. Merseytravel will now be seeking legal approval for the scheme under the Transport & Works Act.

The funding for Greater Manchester PTA to expand the successful Metrolink light rail scheme will permit construction to start on three new lines: to Oldham and Rochdale; to Ashton-under-Lyne; and to Wythenshawe and Manchester Airport.

Other British light rail schemes which have already received promises of funding are:

The Mayor of London has also announced the inclusion in Transport for London's programme of tramway schemes along the Uxbridge Road and from Camden Town to Brixton (the Cross River scheme), while the Docklands Light Railway extension to City Airport is under construction (with further extension to North Woolwich proposed).

11 December 2002

As well as the major announcements above there were some other items included in the regional transport settlements. These included:

12 December 2002

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