Light rail campaign group TramForward has called on London’s new mayor to explore opportunities for more tram schemes in the capital.
In particular, the advocacy group is encouraging Sadiq Khan, who was announced as the winner of London’s mayoral election on May 6, to revive proposals for a light rail system linking Camden with Peckham and Brixton, via King’s Cross.
The group says the benefits of additional tram routes are clear and could be built for less than 10 per cent of the cost per mile of Crossrail.
Andrew Braddock, chairman of the Light Rail Transit Association, said: “In particular, there is an urgent need for the new mayor to invest in surface public transport by restricting traffic and developing a tramway network along the most heavily-used bus corridors in central London”.
With London’s population rapidly growing, he added: “It is essential that the busiest bus routes are upgraded so that greater capacity can be offered at an economic cost.
“As dozens of other cities around the world have found, light rail systems bring significant benefits in terms of reduced car dependence, economic regeneration, job creation and environmental improvement.”