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LETTER: where is evidence in support of tram?

tramtb    For the first time in 67 years, trams are on the City streets of Nottingham, September 10th 2003 as tests begin on the initial stage of a �179 million public transport system, for the porposed launch in January 2004. Testing of the Line One route, which runs between Hucknall and Nottingham, has taken place but today marks the first occasion trams have been seen in the city centre since September 5, 1936. See PA story TRANSPORT Trams. PA Photo: Rui Vieira.

tramtb For the first time in 67 years, trams are on the City streets of Nottingham, September 10th 2003 as tests begin on the initial stage of a �179 million public transport system, for the porposed launch in January 2004. Testing of the Line One route, which runs between Hucknall and Nottingham, has taken place but today marks the first occasion trams have been seen in the city centre since September 5, 1936. See PA story TRANSPORT Trams. PA Photo: Rui Vieira.

With regards to the proposed tram-line extension to the Advertiser district, we have to dig a bit deeper to see what the impact will be on Nuthall, Watnall and Kimberley?

We are told by those in favour that it will increase the prosperity of those areas it will travel through.

Again we ask , where is the evidence for this?

The proposed tram will travel through open countryside in Nuthall and Watnall and after this is done , that normally means one thing — the call to develop that land.

As there will be no stops over that open countryside to justify the expense, if the tram comes from Phoenix Park to Kimberley without a stop in between, that it would remain that way is impossible,

Those living in Nuthall and Watnall have to be very aware of this fact.

The word regeneration has been used to justify the tram extension to Kimberley. This is always a good incentive to win people over, but how would it regenerate Kimberley?

The congestion point is a very good one but again, we ask for evidence of how many people have left there cars at home in favour of the tram?

There doesn’t seem to be any difference if your traveling from Kimberley to Nottingham.

We are being warned every week by those who already have the tram — and those about to get it — all saying ‘Kimberley DON’T do it’.

Most people are still uncertain in Kimberley as I believe most don’t know the facts, so let’s see them!
Those in favour state that hundreds are in favour. Again, where is the evidence?

We are not against the tram in principle for large, populated areas of the city where there may be justification for spending hundreds of millions of pounds.

We have learned recently that the parking levy is going to be a permanent feature for those working in Nottingham. I am sure that they in particular would like to see their hard-earned money being spent wisely.

Darren Warner

Kimberley

 

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