Green light for four more trams

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FOUR more trams are set to be built to ease overcrowding in Sheffield as part of a series of infrastructure projects announced by Chancellor George Osborne to help kick-start the economy.

The Government has given the go-ahead to a £14m bid for the extra vehicles, which had been on hold.

Other projects approved include allocating £7m towards a £20m scheme providing loans for urban development projects in Sheffield and South Yorkshire, with the rest coming from by the European Union. Businesses in Enterprise Zones, including the one being created in the Sheffield region, are being offered an additional tax break.

Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam Liberal Democrat MP Nick Clegg said: “There is a lot of good news for Sheffield.”

He added “The Autumn Statement keeps Britain safe from the debt storm of the market turmoil in Europe and elsewhere.”

But Labour council leader Julie Dore said the latest figures indicated that growth will now be lower every year until 2014 “because this Government refuses to change an austerity plan that is not working. They are cutting too far, too fast and it is hitting both our local and national economy hard.”

“I think there is a growing feeling that this Government is out of touch and does not understand the problems that people are facing in Sheffield and throughout the country.”