An introduction to light rail in the city regions

Midland Metro in urban environment
We have bought the tram back to Britain's cities

Light rail schemes in our cities are a real success story. Trams have a sense of permanence and give a 'buzz' to the places they serve, creating a climate for regeneration, confidence and business growth. They are attractive and popular, enticing people to leave their cars at home - typically at least one in five peak hour travelers on trams in the UK formerly commuted by car. Tyne and Wear Metro for example, takes an estimated 40,000 car journeys off the roads every day. This means less congestion but also less noise and better air quality - modern trams are quiet and emit no direct pollution.

We believe that more of our urban areas could benefit from the buzz that light rail brings and that more could be done to cut down on red tape and costs to make light rail a viable option in more places. We want to work with Government and other partners to make this happen.

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