20 July 2009: If you visit many European cities, you will see quiet, clean, frequent trams instead of cars hooting at each other. But in this country, we only have a few trams because Government guidance makes it very hard to introduce them.
For example, local authorities must pay 25% of the cost of building a tram, but only 10% of the cost of a road or bus scheme.
The Government is now reviewing its guidance, so, together with the Passenger Transport Executive Group (which represents transport authorities in big cities) we've written to Transport Minister Sadiq Khan, asking him to stop discriminating against trams. More trams in our cities would improve the lives of millions of people.