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18/10/02
Mayor in Fight for West London Trams
- Locals agitated about traffic effects of Livingstone's scheme

KEN LIVINGSTONE faces yet more oppostion to his policies on transport with local residents set to campaign against one of the Mayor's pet projects - a tram scheme linking Uxbridge and Shepherd's Bush in west London.

"There will be pinch-points along the main A4020, where there isn't enough space for trams and vehicles," said London Assembly member for Ealing and Hillingdon, Richard Barnes. "So vehicles will be sent along roads that are totally unsuited."

Livingstone says that a consultation excercise found 75 per cent of people in favour of the tram system, but a new campaisning group, Save Ealing's Streets, have compiled a 11,000 strong petition to put to the Mayor.

Already, Livingstone is bracing himself for protests when the central London road charging scheme comes into force in February next year but will hope his tram plans are ultimately popular.

He can take heart from the success of Croydon's Tramlink which, before and during its construction, was saddled with protests from local residents, who are now mostly proud of its benefits.

The west London tram line is planned to be finished by 2009. Another tram project, linking Camden in north London with Brixton in the south, is due for completion in 2012.




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