Light rail construction costs to be slashed

Grant Prior 13 years ago

New tram schemes will only get built if construction costs can be brought down dramatically.

Local Transport Minister Norman Baker said high building costs have hampered the development of new light rail schemes.

Now the government has published a review looking at how trams can be more cost effective in the future.

One of the main reasons highlighted for high construction costs is the need to divert and locate utilities which lie under the road where the tram is built.

The Department for Transport will now launch a consultation to seek views on how this system can be simplified.

Recommendations from the review for local authorities and industry include;

  • to implement a new project design of light rail systems which is uniform across the industry;
  • to look at lower cost schemes overseas to see whether they could be adopted in this country; and
  • to set up a ‘centre of procurement excellence’ to advise on the best procurement options.
  • Baker said: “In the past light rail systems have been seen as expensive and an unaffordable option for local authorities to pursue – I initiated this review so we can get to the nub of the problem.

    “I now urge all parts of the light rail sector to work together on implementing these recommendations and I look forward to working with them towards these exciting opportunities.”

    To read the full report visit

    Latest news

    Berkeley subbies face six weeks without payments

    Introduction of new finance software means payment hiatus for suppliers
    52 mins ago

    Pagabo reveals 56 winners of latest £1.6bn retrofit deal

    Decarbonisation Solutions Framework launched: Full list of winners
    34 mins ago

    Go-ahead for £100m Liverpool Love Lane flats

    500-flat scheme will be built across four blocks in Vauxhall area of city
    48 mins ago

    Unions win HS2 site access battle at Old Oak Common job

    Skanska, Costain, Strabag JV now the last denying unions access to HS2 sites
    12 mins ago

    Contractors jack 1,100t viaduct into place in 13-hour operation

    158m-long composite deck structure jacked into place 10-hours ahead of schedule
    46 mins ago

    Wates wins former Daily Mail printworks transformation

    British Land advances major cultural venue at London’s Canada Water
    21 hours ago

    Mace poaches Ramboll chief to be Head of Engineering

    Martin Feakes will develop civil and structural engineering offer at Mace
    21 hours ago

    Subcontractors form alliance for major civils jobs

    Trio of specialists join forces to collaborate and offer Tier 1 contractors a turnkey solution
    1 day ago

    Fear of supply chain failures boosting collaboration

    Procurement survey also reveals project bank account use is rising
    1 day ago

    Wates sets up business to target 160,000 mouldy social homes

    Healthy Homes service will be offered to social landlords across England
    1 day ago

    Higgins wins £75m Peabody Passive House job

    Latest phase of Deptford Landings to start construction
    1 day ago

    Contractors and unions agree Sizewell C working deal

    New deal offers improved sick pay and parental leave over Hinkley Point deal
    1 day ago

    Competition chiefs win legal fight for more construction raids

    High Court rules CMA officials can raid a domestic property as part of investigation
    2 days ago

    More Osborne companies file administration notices

    Three more divisions lodge notices with court
    2 days ago

    McLaren wins multi-storey urban logistics contract

    South London win with British Land is pioneering urban logistics hub
    2 days ago

    Big social housing schemes at risk over funding uncertainty

    Housing associations warn uncertainty over public funding beyond 2026 is curbing new schemes
    2 days ago

    Kier wins Worcestershire town centre renewal

    Firm secures Bromsgrove commercial and cultural hub project
    2 days ago

    BAM signs Kent school contract at £42m

    Sevenoaks school rebuild signed off at £8m more than first estimates
    2 days ago

    RG Group signs £121m Newcastle rental homes job

    Developer Olympian Homes advances 519 flats plan at Pottery Lane site
    5 days ago

    Geoffrey Osborne files administration notice

    Contractor in talks to save parts of the business
    5 days ago

    Winners named for £260m Manchester Uni framework

    B&K, Henry Bros, Graham, Robertson and Vinci among new line-up
    5 days ago

    Shed specialist Benniman rides out market lull

    Worcestershire warehouse builder says industrial and logistics work is picking up again
    5 days ago

    Another contractor cleared after high profile immigration raid

    Adana Construction employees were working legally on site swooped on by Home Office
    5 days ago

    McAleer & Rushe wants to meet new London suppliers

    Contractor holding Meet the Buyer event in London: Register now
    5 days ago

    McAlpine signs £500m Broadgate dual towers deal

    Work to start on iconic 36-storey and 21-storey towers
    6 days ago

    Worker rescued from collapsed four metre deep trench

    Fire crews take six hours to save trapped builder near Blackwall Tunnel
    6 days ago

    Gove puts another major building scheme on hold

    Secretary of State starts another planning fight after M&S defeat
    7 days ago

    Greenwich University tenders £300m framework

    Up to five firms will carry out upgrade and newbuild work at three campuses
    6 days ago

    Work starts on Manchester 26-storey Obsidian tower

    Contractor Domis starts Salboy's 10th Manchester scheme in seven years
    6 days ago

    Race for £1.3bn West Midlands social homes framework

    The Community Housing Group reboots tender race for new build housing
    6 days ago

    Contractor services