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TRAMS AND BUSES GET BOOST IN TRANSPORT SPENDING PLANS

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Trams and buses got an unexpected boost from extra government funding after a tough spending round had pegged the a...
Trams and buses got an unexpected boost from extra government funding after a tough spending round had pegged the allocation for local authority sponsored public transport schemes at the same level as last year, the Guardian reports (p3).

The paper says that the government has announced a total of £114 million in money available to councils in grants and borrowing approvals for public transport next year.

Of this £55 million is for the Leeds supertram and £1.5 million for the refurbishing Blackpool's trams.

The Guardian notes that Blackpool BC and Lancashire CC have asked Wyre BC to help toward the costs of the tramway as it runs for four of its 11 miles through Wyre.

Wyre deputy chief executive Brian Rowe said they wanted the borough to pay but offered no partnership in running it or sharing the profits. the Guardian reports.

Blackpool BC leader Ivan Taylor said Wyre has got to decide how important the tramway service is to them.

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