TFL adviser admits trams are a waste of money

The Conservatives on the GLA today issued a press release relating how Dick Halle, a senior Transport for London adviser, has admitted that tram schemes are not feasible because they cost 10 to 20 times more than buses and provide little added benefit.

Apparently, the admission came during today’s London Assembly Transport Committee (10.00am City Hall 8th June), when members questioned him on the viability of tram use.

Halle explained that as long as buses are allowed to by-pass traffic they can produce the same journey times as trams but at a lower cost. He said:

“It doesn’t matter whether you have a bus or tram, the real difference is how much priority you give them on the road. Tram schemes cost 10 to 20 times more, they are not feasible.”

Hopefully, this is another nail in the Tram’s coffin. Richard Barnes, our GLA member says:

“Dick Halle is right, there is no point wasting all this money on a tram scheme when buses could do the job cheaper and with less inconvenience to drivers. It’s time for the Mayor to cancel this expensive, unpopular and unnecessary scheme.”