§ Mr. Portillo
The Docklands light railway is being extended to Bank and Beckton, and the Tyne and Wear Metro to Newcastle airport.
The Government are providing grant for the £110 million Manchester Metrolink which is to be designed, built, operated and maintained by the private sector. This Department is in touch with the promoters of light rail projects in south Yorkshire, Avon, west midlands, Cleveland, Croydon and Nottingham. We are also aware of about 30 other schemes, most at an early stage of consideration.