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Financial lifeline for light rail systems

Light Rail

01 May 2020

The Government has promised Covid-19 emergency financial assistance for the operators of five light rail and metro networks in England.

The funding will keep the systems in Greater Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, West Midlands and Tyne and Wear operating  during the current lockdown period. 

Funding allocations have yet to be finalised. 

No funding appears to have been promised for the Blackpool Tram.

Merseytravel is also expected to receive financial support to reflect its exposure on the Merseyrail franchise.

The Urban Transport Group welcomed the news of a funding deal. But it said the mode-by-mode deals the Government has set up for buses, light rail and heavy rail, left authorities with uncovered general expenditure increases, such as for cleaning and personal protective equipment, and lost income from rents and advertising.  

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