New trams may very well be in-built East London as ULEZ to develop this month

New trams could be built in East London as ULEZ to expand this month

Plans to build a tram line in parts of East London that don’t have London Underground are being pushed forward. Havering Council said it was looking at the tram option as one of a few potential projects to boost the borough’s infrastructure and economy.

Existing public transport in the area, particularly its rail and Tube links, mostly provides for east-west journeys either into central London or out towards Essex.

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“We have been looking at this for years and now want to push forward with this,” council leader Ray Morgon said, who added that the borough had previously considered a mono-rail as a potential solution.

Light rail and ‘rapid bus’ system investigated too

Mr Morgon said the borough was now looking at the tram option among other forms of light rail, or possibly a ‘rapid bus’ system. While a precise route has not been detailed, the new link is being pitched by the council to run from Harold Wood through Romford and Upminster and on to the proposed railway station at Beam Park in Rainham – the location of a new housing development encompassing thousands of homes.

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It has also been suggested that the route could include connections with the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and the proposed Essex-Kent Tram link, known as the KenEx Tram. The council said it will look at ways to attract investment to pay for the scheme, and that it was particularly important to press ahead with the project as it could help support the East Havering Data Centre, a proposed research and development facility in the borough.

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