Delay to West London Tram Announced
Detailed modelling work to be done before scheme proceeds
A revised time-table has been issued for the West London Tram to allow a more detailed look at the traffic management issues arising from the project.
The Transport and Works Act Order application for the which is necessary for the scheme to proceed will now be made in summer 2006 at the earliest as opposed to December 2005 as originally announced.
Ken Livingstone is adamant that the delay does not mean that the project is about to be scrapped. He said, "I remain totally committed to West London Tram. This change to the timetable allows Transport for London to have a deeper look at some aspects of traffic management. Transport for London and Ealing Council have jointly decided to do this after taking into account issues raised in the public consultation."
The delay will allow Transport for London to do detailed modelling work which more normally be done once a project has been given the go-ahead. This change is a reflection of the complex nature of the West London Tram project, which would be the first modern fully street-running tram in the UK.
TfL is also planning further local consultation on some minor changes to the scheme and its design. These changes have been made following the public consultation last year.
The revised Timetable for the West London Tram is now as follows:
* Dependent on decisions by Secretary of State for Transport
The scheme was originally due to be completed by 2011 but the latest delay means it will not be completed until after the London Olympics in 2012 and construction work, which is likely to be highly disruptive, will be taking place during the Games.
September 22, 2005