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Railways

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what light rail schemes are scheduled to open in the next two years. (227113)

No new light rail schemes are scheduled to open in the next two years. However, during this period work will be continuing on a project to refurbish and upgrade the Manchester Metrolink system. This will help to ensure improved journeys for passengers on the network. The Department is providing £58 million towards the £102 million costs of this project.

Furthermore, in May 2008 the Department approved £244.3 million towards a scheme to extend the Metrolink system to Rochdale, Oldham and Chorlton. These lines will be operational by 2012.

We are also working closely with the promoters of the Nottingham Express Transit in regard to their proposals to extend the system. If the project is granted full approval, these new lines could be open to the public in 2013.