County pulls tram funding

Tory-run Nottinghamshire County Council has formally voted to withdraw funding for Nottingham's £680 million tram extension.

Last week 40 mostly Conservative members voted in favour of pulling the authority's £28 million contribution towards building new tram lines to serve Clifton and Chilwell. Twenty-four councillors including Labour, Liberal Democrat and independent members voted against the move.

The vote makes official what the Tory administration pledged when it came into power in June (Planning, 19 June, p2). Nottingham City Council will now have to find the funding to make up the shortfall, most likely from the workplace parking levy approved in August (Planning, 7 August, p6).

"We were anticipating this move. We will find the shortfall and continue to move ahead with the project," a spokesman said. The city council has started the bidding process for developers to build the tram lines with a target for construction to begin in 2011.

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