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Big boys say “No”

West London says no

Two of the largest characters in West London politics came together this morning to stand up to Mayor Ken Livingstone and his unpopular West London Tram scheme. Jason Stacey, leader of Ealing is photographed above with Councillor Stephen Greenhalgh, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham.

All three boroughs along the proposed route of the West London Tram are holding a summit this morning declaring war on the scheme. The councils, and most of the rest of us, fear that the tram – estimated to cost £1bn – will displace traffic onto residential streets, making life in West London a misery.

Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, said:

The tram is far too costly and the Uxbridge Road is far too narrow for this scheme to make any sense. Think about what could be achieved with £1bn: more police, better public services or a reduction is council tax: isn’t it a waste to throw all this money away on one white elephant transport scheme.

Residents, councillors and road users are all coming together to fight the Tram, we think its time that Ken Livingstone took notice.

6 replies on “Big boys say “No””

The Summit was held last night and it was something of a shambles with no clear goals set for the meeting and no clear outcomes. The event was the first public meeting featuring representatives from Ealing, Hillingdon and Hammersmith and Fulham Councils who eight months ago all pledged to work together to oppose the proposed West London Tram. The meeting chair couldn’t even get the name of the Hillingdon Council Leader right when introducing him. MP Andrew Slaughter admitted that he had finally come off the fence and that he now opposed the Tram. The Hillingdon Council Leader (the only one of the three Council Leaders to attend) stated that the three Councils would spend whatever it took to successfully kill off the Tram.

Anthony Lewis of Save Ealing Streets , as ever, made one of the most useful contributions to the evening by reminding everyone that the TfL’s Transport and Works Order and the TfL business case for the Tram would be published on the same day in June 2007, giving us all just six weeks to formally raise objections to it; and then would follow the Public Enquiry.

The meeting, called at short notice and poorly publicised, attracted quite a crowd who were jammed into a cleared area in Shepherd’s Bush Library. The event certainly gave some residents an the opportunity to vent there considerable frustrations on the Tram proposals; the lack of adequate Consultation; and the lack of practical and inexpensive alternatives to the Tram.

At the risk of seeming negative, I think that the effort being put into fighting the tram might be better served in taking advantage of the tram situation for the benefit of Ealing. Let’s say there is a tram…why not “Elevate” part of it like they do in New York and Washington DC with the metro (equivalent to the London Underground)–the road traffic continues under the elevated along the Uxbridge road, while the trams run overhead. That would be brilliant!

As ever,

Honey (“fungus”) Weeks

I realise this is an old thread, but it shows why we have such bad services in this country, when politicians unite against providing decent public transport. We have the worst public transport in Europe, because of political short-sightedness. Anyone who has travelled on trams in Europe (or even Croydon) will know how vastly superior they are to buses. The people of west London should be clamouring out to have this better form of transport to serve their area, instead of trying to oppose it.

Ian, one size does not fit all. Sometimes a concept, however successful it might be elsewhere, can not be replicated every where. Read and digest my web site and yiu will quickly see why the people of West London juszt wasn’t interested in having trams in their back yard.

Maybe if you used a wheelchair you would realize how the Tram system has improved transportation accessibility for us. The rest of London transport is crap with very little wheelchair access at least the trams are easy and accessible. If not a tram the whole of the Underground would have to be made accessible and that would cost a hell of a lot more than the Tram link.

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