Glasgow Trams : Decision Pending
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THE possibility of deciding upon a programme for the abandonment of trams is likely to be discussed between Glasgow's transport and planning committees. A special sub-committee which has been contidering a development plan for the city has departed from the idea of new arterial roads carrying tramways or any form of electric traction.
Bailie Patterson, convener of the subcommittee, has said that Glasgow should follow the example of Edinburgh and lay down a programme envisaging the abandonment of tram services. Some trams might still be used along boulevards in places such as Anniesland, where they could be run cheaply to connect with a central bus system. Retention of trams in the centre of the city would be detrimental to the plan.
At the same time as the planning committee is recommending the abolition of trams, members of the corporation have received from the Scottish, divisional council of the Light Railway Transport League a plea for the expansion of the tramways, in preference to extending the trolleybus and motorbus service. The League estimates that the complete conversion of the tramway system to trolleybus operation would cost over Om., and suggests improvement of the existing system as an alternative.