LONDON TRANSIT SCHEME
London residents send SOS to Ken over tram plans
An existing tram system operating in Croydon. copyright Mark
of the Save Ealing Streets campaign have visited City Hall for a
meeting with Ken Livingstone.
Mayor is anxious to dispel accusations that the West London Transit
Scheme is being pushed through without proper consultation with
local residents. He has taken the unusual step of inviting campaigners
to his office for discussions about the scheme.
£200 million plan has the support of the Mayor and Ealing
Council but the Save Ealing's Streets campaign has gathered over
11,000 signatures to urge the authorities to give due consideration
to local residents.
tram would run along the Uxbridge Road but, at certain "pinch
points", the roads would not be wide enough to handle both
cars and trams, leading to fears that traffic would need to be redirected.
One pinch point is on Acton High Street which raises the possibility
that Churchfield Road could become an alternative route for traffic.
Rat runs could also develop in the northern part of Chiswick. Transport
for London deny that any specific plans have been formulated that
require the closure of the Uxbridge Road to traffic but campaigners
say that no viable alternatives to closure are being put forward.
Livingstone points out that 75% of respondents to a consultation
were in favour of the scheme but Save Ealing's Streets say that
the possibility of the diversion of traffic was not mentioned in
the consultation document. Currently 27,000 cars a day travel along
the Uxbridge Road and the tram scheme is only envisage to reduce
traffic to 80% of that level. At it meeting with over 1000 local
residents last year, Ealing Council leader, John Cudmore, promised
more detailed consultation with local residents before the scheme
trams are due to start service in 2009 and will carry 50 million
people a year.
Ealing's Street's manifesto
Story So Far - Documentation on the Planned Scheme
Says Yes to West London tram scheme
in Acton June 2002 ActonW3.com
Uxbridge Road will get trams, Chiswick will get traffic."
October 2001 ChiswickW4.com
of planned route (Adobe Acrobat required)