PLANS for the tram scheme are still a long way from what residents actually want, claim a pressure group.

Save Ealing's Streets believe almost nothing has been done to improve the £425 million scheme, which will run between Uxbridge and Shepherds Bush via Ealing, since it was introduced two years ago.

Sue Deans, of Save Ealing Streets, said: "All we've seen is a string of broken promises.

"Transport for London (TfL) has repeatedly said that it welcomes the views of residents and will incorporate them into the scheme.

"But after two years we are still faced with a scheme that will close the Uxbridge Road at Acton and West Ealing, and partially close it at Ealing Broadway and Shepherd's Bush.

"This is unacceptable. The people of West London deserve a scheme that will work. If TfL can't come up with one, the tram should not go ahead."

If the West London Tram is approved it is believed that more than 500 new jobs will be created across the borough and the trams will carry more than 50 million people a year.

A spokesman for TfL said: "TfL has had a series of meetings with local consultation groups in Ealing including Save Ealing's Streets over the last 15 months.

"The views given at these meetings have helped develop the proposals on the way TfL will formally consult later this year.

"Following these meetings TfL has considered alternatives to road closures and the number of closures included in the proposals has been reduced.

"The formal public consultation about the West London Tram will start in the summer of 2004 and will last for three months."