MerseyTram Axed

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From http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/4481146.stm


Merseyside tram system plan axed
Artist's impression of Merseytram
The first trams were planned for 2008
Merseyside's much-troubled plans for a tram system will not go ahead, the government has announced.

A £170m fund promised for Merseytram by Transport Minister Derek Twigg has now been withdrawn.

He said assurances from local councils that no more funding would be requested once the lump sum had been put forward were "not forthcoming".

Liverpool City Council said it was "bitterly disappointed", and the government's demands were too rigid.

It was hoped that the first tram line from Liverpool city centre to Kirkby would be on track for Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Two further routes to Whiston Hospital and Liverpool John Lennon Airport were to follow.

Contingency fund

Mr Twigg said that the government remained committed to investing in Merseyside.

"If there are good value schemes that can be taken forward quickly to benefit Merseyside - we will look at them," he said.

Both Liverpool and Knowsley councils had already agreed to underwrite a £24m contingency fund.

Mr Twigg added: "The councils have only offered a capped commitment. Above that they have asked us to rely on assurances from Merseytravel.

This is a real blow
Paul Clein
Liverpool City Council

"This is not what we have asked for. Therefore we cannot be confident that there will not be further requests for funding, and we have decided that the scheme should not proceed."

Acting council leader Paul Clein said the government's decision not to add any more than £170m made it difficult to save the scheme.

He added: "This is a real blow to Liverpool and Merseyside's attempts to have a more efficient and environmentally-friendly public transport system and the responsibility for that lies squarely with the government.

"Merseytram has run into the buffers because of the intransigence of the government."

Earlier this month, plans for a tram system through the streets of Leeds were also turned down by the Department of Transport.

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Dave
 
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As has the South Hampshire system: -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/4481182.stm

Personally, I agree with the withdrawl of the former, but not the latter. Merseyside already has a decent bus service, working together with rail services and MerseyRail, with good ticketing arrangements.

Although it is not perfect, cities that only have a bus-based method of transport, together with no local support should be regarded as far more high prioroty.
 

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tramboy said:
From http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/4481146.stm


Merseyside tram system plan axed
Artist's impression of Merseytram
The first trams were planned for 2008
Merseyside's much-troubled plans for a tram system will not go ahead, the government has announced.

A £170m fund promised for Merseytram by Transport Minister Derek Twigg has now been withdrawn.

He said assurances from local councils that no more funding would be requested once the lump sum had been put forward were "not forthcoming".

Liverpool City Council said it was "bitterly disappointed", and the government's demands were too rigid.

It was hoped that the first tram line from Liverpool city centre to Kirkby would be on track for Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Two further routes to Whiston Hospital and Liverpool John Lennon Airport were to follow.

Contingency fund

Mr Twigg said that the government remained committed to investing in Merseyside.

"If there are good value schemes that can be taken forward quickly to benefit Merseyside - we will look at them," he said.

Both Liverpool and Knowsley councils had already agreed to underwrite a £24m contingency fund.

Mr Twigg added: "The councils have only offered a capped commitment. Above that they have asked us to rely on assurances from Merseytravel.

This is a real blow
Paul Clein
Liverpool City Council

"This is not what we have asked for. Therefore we cannot be confident that there will not be further requests for funding, and we have decided that the scheme should not proceed."

Acting council leader Paul Clein said the government's decision not to add any more than £170m made it difficult to save the scheme.

He added: "This is a real blow to Liverpool and Merseyside's attempts to have a more efficient and environmentally-friendly public transport system and the responsibility for that lies squarely with the government.

"Merseytram has run into the buffers because of the intransigence of the government."

Earlier this month, plans for a tram system through the streets of Leeds were also turned down by the Department of Transport.

Regards

Dave
Surely if you provided us with the link to the article, you didn't need to copy and paste it as well?

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40445 said:
Surely if you provided us with the link to the article, you didn't need to copy and paste it as well?

David
Helps people on Dial-Up. They only have to load up one page as opposing two pages. It's quicker.
 

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South Hants was axed thanks to the Royal Navy...what with them wanting new aircraft carriers, the tunnel under Portsmouth Harbour suddenly spiralled out of control...that lead/s to the downfall of the system.

All we can hope for now is that Nottingham has an excellent case for funding for l2+3, which it does.

Cheers

Dave
 

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Simon from WNXX said:
8 minute interview* with Roger Phillips (BBC Radio Merseyside) and Derek Twigg (Transport Minister)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/realmedia/cap_culture/twigg.ram

*Realplayer required to listen to interview
And an interesting quote from Paul Bigland

Paul Bigland said:
It's been mentioned before, but it's ironic that the Government want's assurances that there won't be cost-overruns on tram systems, yet won't apply the same criteria to road building schemes.

Hardly a level playing field.
 
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