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Lead Story: Issue 354 20 Jan 2009

Where does light rail transit fit into our urban transport policy?

While there is activity in the UK light rail sector, the policies of three separate governments are at work. Mary Bonar provides the current political context and looks at the implications of decisions in London

By Mary Bonar

Edinburgh’s first tram line is now under construction. After years of lobbying, Manchester has funding for Phase 3a, although further funding for Phase 3b is out of the picture following the ‘no’ vote on congestion charging.

Blackpool has secured government funding for a much needed upgrade. Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport body has started the competition process for a £600m regeneration of the metro system.

In London’s Docklands, the Woolwich...

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