Councillors in Derby have rejected plans to introduce trams in the City as they consider them to be too expensive for a City of their size. The plans – which were drawn up by David Gibson, regional officer for the LRTA – would have seen a seven mile route running from Mickleover and Mackworth to Pride Park with a possible future extension to the High Speed 2 station at Toton.
It was estimated that the proposed line would have cost between £100m and £140m but Councillors believed that this sum was just too much for them to be able to back the plans. They would instead rather back projects such as improved bus lanes and roads.
Earlier this year Mr Gibson’s plans had been given a boost when the business group Marketing Derby had said it was vital Derby was better connected to the HS2 route but despite this backing the Council don’t agree.
Cllr Mark Titley commented: “The costs and the logistics involved, both in terms of the capital outlay and the ongoing maintenance, don’t make sense for a city the size of Derby. We want Derby to keep moving but it must be affordable.”