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Emirates Air Line had just four Oyster card holders using it more than five times during one week in October

Trams make tracks for return to West End

Radical plans to revitalise Regent Street, one of London's premier shopping areas, including pedestrianisation and the reintroduction of trams, are being discussed with Westminster City Council.

Bus services come under scrutiny

A major review of bus services was launched yesterday by the Government in an attempt to reverse the precipitous decline in passenger numbers.

Courtaulds chief turns his back on the wonder fabric

People & Business

Henry has a period

This week, Henry has been walking around in a plaster cast because he's got a club foot. Last week, he spent his leisure hours with a wet flannel over his nose because he had severe photophobia. If it wasn't so time-consuming, it would be funny.

Letter: Off your trolley

Off your trolley

The Investment ColumnAmey thrives on PFI contracts

Amey is best known for being one of several companies to have made a killing from rail privatisation, having picked up British Rail's western region track maintenance business for a remarkably low pounds 15m earlier this year.

Guide dies as cable-cars fall

Three gondolas carrying skiers in the Swiss canton of Valais plummeted to the ground, crushing a local guide and injuring 18 people.

Mexico: last resort Tijuana

Start from the right place, and you can just walk to Latin America. The place is the end of the tram line in San Diego, California's second city, from this year linked to Gatwick by air. In less than half an hour, a tram rattles through the indulgences of suburban southern Californian life, then deposits you at the front line between First World and First, rich and poor, north and south,

Travel Portugal: Summertime: Lisbon is easy

Harriet O'Brien spent last weekend revelling in the vistas and vignettes of the Portuguese capital

Sheffield supertram falls victim to competition from cheap buses

For Sale. One tram system, one year old, was pounds 241m new. Offers well under pounds 100m enthusiastically considered.

Young Hustler can prevent another Sandown grey day at

Grey may not go down well in the opinion polls or with the players of Manchester United, but in racing it has always been attractive.

Amey finds new road to success

The Investment Column

Letter: Trams can be cheaper

THE article "Trams hit cost barrier" (Business, 17 March) was correct in its insight into the continuing problem of convincing politicians of the many virtues of electric street tramway operation. However, it is not correct that London's Docklands Light Railway was built without government support. In fact developers contributed only to the Bank section and Canary Wharf facilities. Of the pounds 800m so far invested in the DLR, only about 10 per cent did not come from central government sources.

Trams hit cost barrier

Light-rail travel, heralded as the answer to urban congestion and pollution, may prove too expensive. David Bowen reports

Blair to woo green voters

TONY Blair, the Labour leader, will make a clear pitch for the green vote this week by calling for a shift of traffic from road to rail, and promising an integrated national transport strategy.
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