County to save £18m on Nottingham tram funds
- 19 January 2011
- From the section Nottingham
Nottinghamshire County Council is withdrawing most of its support for Nottingham's tram expansion in a bid to save £18m.
City council officials aim to push ahead with their proposed £400m plans to extend the tram network.
The county council will still help fund concessionary fares and support businesses in Chilwell if the new tram lines are built.
More than £28m has already been spent on preparation for the tram project.
County Councillor Richard Jackson said: "We are not against trams per se, but we are against both routes that are proposed as part of the expansion."
He added:" We also have question marks about the funding. We are not prepared to write a blank cheque from the county council for that funding.
"We know it will be at least £18m and by withdrawing from stage two that is £18m we can spend elsewhere and it is money that can be ploughed into transport projects across the county."
City councillor Graham Chapman said: "They have not sabotaged the scheme. We want a network for the whole area… we are already thinking of a fourth line and a fifth line."
The two new routes to the city's tram system would run to Clifton via Wilford and to Chilwell via Beeston.