A new poll has shown majority support amongst west London residents for the tram scheme along Uxbridge road, according to City Hall.

The research, carried out by independent polling firm ORC for the GLA, found 56 per cent of the 1,800 people interviewed were supportive of the West London Tram scheme.

About 32 per cent were found to be opposed to the plan.

This comes with ongoing criticism of Transport for London's consultation with local communities.

At yesterday's Mayor's Question Time, Ken Livingstone defended TfL's efforts to involve residents and businesses along the route, saying changes had been made to early designs for the scheme.

"I am sure not everyone is happy, but it is a lot quieter than it was," he said.

Mr Livingstone also claimed there would be further opportunities for local communities to offer their input into the final design.

The trams will run along 20km route from Uxbridge to Shepherd's Bush, serving about 40 stops in a journey expected to take one hour.

TfL says the tram is badly needed as buses are struggling to cope with growth in passenger numbers along the route.