It’s time for trams

Creating a drumbeat of media, interaction with officials and razor-sharp policy proposals to transform tram-creation in the UK through restored and new networks.
Create Streets

Focus of work

There is huge unmet potential for a British tram renaissance, boosting local prosperity, reviving communities and moving to net zero. Trams are rising across Europe. Yet here tram projects are floundering: marginal politically, unmentioned in the housing debate and difficult to achieve financially, regulatorily and operationally.

This project aims to transform that, as Create Streets have already done for the housing debate. Create Streets will collate tram, policy, design and PR expertise to create a drumbeat of media, interaction with officials and razor-sharp policy proposals to transform tram-creation in the UK through restored and new networks.

Impact

By aligning with key stakeholders and leveraging Create Streets’s proven track record, the group aims to bring about bottom-up and top-down changes in policy and infrastructure to support a British tram renaissance. This would help provide some of the millions of homes we need, permit ‘gentle density’ development, encourage more sustainable movement and housebuilding, undercut car dependency and encourage economic agglomeration effects and more productive towns and places.

If we ‘match’ the tram renaissance taking place in most of Europe by changing the political and public debate and by encouraging changing regulations, standards and public sector pay back calculations, then the places most likely to benefit would probably include secondary cities such as Leeds, Bristol, and Cardiff and poorly connected neighbourhoods within larger cities such as Croxteth, Liverpool.

Ultimately, Create Streets’s efforts seek to transform the political and public discourse surrounding trams, fostering sustainable development and economic growth while addressing transportation challenges.

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