Friday, March 16, 2007

The Prime Minister's Office responds

This is the official bland response to my petition to scrap the local tram plans.

In London, proposals for introducing most public transport schemes, including trams, are a matter for the Mayor. How schemes are funded is also for the Mayor to decide.

The West London Tram proposals were subject to extensive consultation in 2004 and 2005, allowing local residents to have their say on the scheme. Further consultation is being carried out this year on proposed modifications to the scheme design.

Before the scheme can go ahead, a Transport and Works Act Order application must be submitted. The Secretary of State for Transport will then determine whether a public inquiry is necessary. Following this, all the evidence will be considered and a decision made as to whether to grant powers for the scheme.

I did total 1461 signatures so am pleased.

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