Regeneration of Britain’s cities – light-rail plays its part

24 April 2013  •  Author(s): Colin Walton, President, Light Rapid Transit Forum (LRTF)

While most would admit that the United Kingdom lags behind much of Europe in opening new light-rail systems in its major cities, the current coalition government seems keen to draw a line in the sand and examine major new developments as soon as the economic clouds lift.

Urban transit schemes have largely survived the Comprehensive Spending Review, in spite of cuts of £12-13 million being imposed on Department for Transport’s budgets in the years up to 2015.

The investment decisions, announced on 20 October 2010, were welcomed by the Light Rapid Transit Forum (LRTF), which represents private sector interests, and has assumed a key lobbying role in the industry. Its members include manufacturers, suppliers, operators, profess – ional advisors and consultants. The LRTF is a founder member of UKTram, which also includes the Confederation of Public Transport, and pteg (Passenger Transport Executives in some major cities).

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