Supertram debts to last for 60 years

27 July 2017

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned the spiralling cost of the Stagecoach Supertram in Sheffield after the Star newspaper in the city revealed that residents in South Yorkshire will be paying for the system, which opened in 1995, until 2056.


Mick said: ‘As a trade union, we believe in improving Britain’s infrastructure, and we believe passionately in better transport links because we know better transport links are good for people, and good for business.


‘But politicians have to get a grip on the costs and make sure that taxpayers, at national level, and council tax payers, at local level, aren’t ripped off.


‘It is utterly ridiculous that the Stagecoach Supertram spiralled four times over budget, and utterly ridiculous that it is going to take 61 years to pay it off. The complex way it was financed hasn’t helped, either. We need investment – but we need clarity and transparency, and value for money, too.’

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