The place of light rapid transit in the UK

30 April 2009  •  Author(s): Mary Bonar, Chairman and a founder member of the Light Rapid Transit Forum

To understand the place of light rail in the United Kingdom over the last 20 years, you have to look at some underlying factors to do with politics, distribution of the population and the manufacturing base. First and foremost, the substantial tax raising powers lie with the UK Government at Westminster. This remains the case following devolution in Scotland in 1999 and in Wales (to a much more limited extent) also starting in 1999.

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