In brief: Messages of support delivered to Downing Street

More than 40,000 messages of support for Manchester's Metrolink extension plans were delivered to Downing Street last week. The plans were refused by transport secretary Alistair Darling over spiralling costs (Planning, 23 July, p1). Campaigners hope the tide of popular opinion will convince the government of the need for the extension alongside a revised analysis of the economic, social and environmental benefits, due to be submitted to ministers within the next few weeks.

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