This is an email from the Bath Trams Expert Discussion group following this email which was copied round in response to a posts on Bath “NextDoor” social media:
|18 Nov 2021, 20:58
Nottingham used the WPPL for finance, it was said it would lead to masses of businesses leaving Nottingham, which didn’t happen, instead, it has been an attraction for new businesses.
There has been one extension, Phase 2, but this of course is two lines, doubling the passenger numbers to 18m+ (before the pandemic – from my experience, most have returned). There was disruption during building, particularly in Beeston, but after, the benefits have been massive, and Beeston seems to be thriving, with much new development. There is likely to be at least one further extension, from Clifton to a new development of 3,000 houses and businesses. Other extensions are likely, one to the east into Gedling probably next on the list. The cancellation of HS2b though reduces the likelihood of extension from Toton Lane, though getting into Long Eaton is a possibility, as is going on to Derby, only about 8 miles further. I will continue to campaign for the latter, about 40,000 people commute daily between the two cities. This though is bedevilled by local politics, the counties and intermediate boroughs don’t cooperate, and fear a takeover by the cities. Derby and Nottingham cities though do. We need a change in the organisation of local government in the EM.
I can’t understand the comments about “ugly vehicles”, the trams are sleek and attractive, and fit into the cityscape much better than any road vehicle, and of course don’t emit masses of pollution, and run on renewable energy.