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£500m scheme to bring trams back to London

TRAMS will return to the streets of central London for the first time in 50 years in a £500 million package announced last week aimed at cutting congestion.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has given the go-ahead for two schemes: a £300 million North-South Cross River line linking Camden and Kings Cross, via Euston and Waterloo, to Peckham and Brixton, to be completed in 2009; and a £200 million tramway through west London from Uxbridge to Shepherds Bush via Acton, Ealing, Hanwell and Southall town centres, earmarked for 2011.