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McNulty rejects light rail scheme templates


TRANSPORT MINISTER Tony McNulty said last week that he had no plans to introduce templates for light rail scheme proposals, despite complaints that a lack of standardisation was delaying projects.

McNulty said he would instead issue guidance on procurement, tendering best practice and project management.

The minister was speaking to the Commons all party transport select committee last week.

There have been inconsistencies in approaches to light rail, the committee heard.

Croydon Tramlink managing director Paul Davidson said the lack of an integrated transport strategy had hit passenger numbers on Croydon's light rail scheme. Croydon Council refused planning permission for park and ride facilities which would encourage passengers onto the light rail network, he said.

He added that Tramlink had no powers over local bus companies to co-ordinate services which complemented tram routes rather than competing with them.

In contrast, the year-old Nottingham Express Transit Line One was able to use its controlling stake in Nottingham's biggest bus operator to restructure the bus network, provide feeder services to the light rail system and integrate ticketing.

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