Survey Wars

By Rob Last edited 165 months ago
Survey Wars
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To tram or not to tram that is the question, but it seems that there's a bit of confusion between the great people of London as to what the answer is.

Is it nobler in the mind to suffer congestion, disruption to shops and displacement of traffic on to residential streets, or to take arms against the West London Tram plan?

It's a toughy.

A public survey of 17,000 people showed that 59% were against the tram system, which would run from Uxbridge to Shepherds Bush via Acton, Ealing, Hanwell and Southall town centres.

So London has spoken, end of story? Not quite.

Another survey, this time by the ever so trustworthy Transport for London, showed that, of 1,000 randomly selected people, only 18% opposed the scheme and "28% either knew too little about it or had no preference". The remaining 54% backed the tram.

According to Ken this means that "it is clear that this major transport investment has strong local support", a conclusion that both Tory and LibDem politicians are having some problems with.

Londonist conducted its own survey of staff and friends and came to this firm conclusion:

100% of those asked agreed that surveys prove absolutely nothing.

Last Updated 02 March 2005