How many lines have we lost thanks to the "light rail brigade".
Tramlines are fine for inner cities. But are SLOW on longer routes.
I'm assuming this was a question. My answer is; Dunno, but you only provide one example. Are there lots more? And what exactly is wrong with light rail/trams? All the UKs current tram systems are sucessful. I say let's have more.
West Midlands as mentioned, Which is why the Wrexham and Shrewsbury trains take such circuituous routes across Birmingham.
Manchester Metro the Bury and Altringham branches and now part of the Oldham line and possibly Stockport Tiviot Dale.
Nottingham line shares with Robin Hood line to the North and makes that single track.
Croydon uses Wimbledon - West Croydon and part of the Addiscombe branch and the link to Selsdon.
Tyne and Wear Metro uses old heavy rail lines as does the DLR.
Sheffield is separate which means that it can't link with the Penistone Tram trains at Meadowhall. Which defeats the objective of tram trains which is to share with heavy rail an extension of an urban street tramway.
I would disagree that trams are slow it's quite exciting plunging into the old tunnell on the Selsdon line at 50 mph. With relativly short distances between stops, quarter to half mile, then a tram can hold it's own against a heavy rail EMU.
Full parallel in a Tatra down the middle of a mainroad in Dresden is quite interesting.