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EALING OPPOSES TRAM SCHEME

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Ealing LBC is heading for a showdown with London mayor Ken Livingstone after its new Conservative administration de...
Ealing LBC is heading for a showdown with London mayor Ken Livingstone after its new Conservative administration decided to oppose the£648m West London Tram project.

The Transport for London (TfL) scheme proved controversial because residents feared it would displace traffic into local streets.

Ealing's previous Labour administration, which supported the tram, has blamed it for its landslide election defeat.

Labour councillors switched sides to oppose the project at a council meeting last week.

Leader Jason Stacey (Con) said TfL might try to punish Ealing by withdrawing other funds. 'We will not be bullied into accepting the half-baked tram scheme,' he said.

A TfL spokesman said: 'We would like Ealing's support but we do not need it.'

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