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Light Rail Development

Volume 170: debated on Friday 30 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what considerations the Department has given to the development of light rail in London.

The docklands light railway opened in 1987 and is being extended to Bank and through the royal docks to Beckton. London Regional Transport is developing a case for a southern extension to Greenwich and Lewisham. In 1986 London Regional Transport and British Rail jointly published a report "Light Rail for London", which identified other possibilities. As a result, London Regional Transport and British Rail, together with the London borough of Croydon, are undertaking a detailed feasibility study of a light rail system in the Croydon area. The Government will consider carefully the financial and economic case for such schemes and their priorities, when they are brought forward.