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SUPERTRAM COST GOES TO COURT

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Four councils this week began a High Court action against the government after being landed with a£115 million bil...
Four councils this week began a High Court action against the government after being landed with a£115 million bill for construction of the South Yorkshire Supertram.

Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham MBCs and Sheffield City Council want to hold deputy prime minister John Prescott to a promise from the previous government that no part of the project's cost would fall on council tax payers.

The court heard that some of the scheme's costs were supposed to be recouped through privatisation but that, by 1996, it was clear that privatisation would cover none of the capital costs and there would be a shortfall of£115m.
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