Around 2010 the Tashkent tramway system consisted of about 200 kilometres of track linking up nearly the whole of the city. Soon after 2010 the system was reduced to about 90 kilometres with most of the tram routes which formerly passed through the city centre being closed. The remaining tram routes being diverted around the city and only linking up at the railway station. Thus only buses went into the central business and shopping centre at Navoi. However, at that time the city government claimed that the remaining tramways still had a future and invested in a number of new trams. In May of this year the Mayor of Tashkent informed the citizens that not enough people were using the trams and that the trams would be gone from the city by the end of August. This proved not to be the case. Within three weeks of the Mayor's announcement the entire tram system had closed down and was being ripped up at a lightening speed. The work of destruction went on day and night so that by the end of June few traces of the tramway tracks and centenary remained. Four lane roads became six lane roads and the the replacement buses, some carrying tram numbers, are not appreciated by the citizens who are forced to use the diesel belching replacements.. What was even more disturbing for the transport pressed citizens of Tashkent was that there was no consultation with citizenry at the time of the 2010 closures or the latest 2016 closures. The Mayor gave four months notice of the recent closures but then reneged on his statement and the trams were gone in a matter of weeks before any protests could be organised. Where ever I go in the world I see light railway systems being planned and installed and extended by forward looking cities. Sadly Uzbekistan's transport authority only looks backwards. It destroyed the trolley bus system in 2009, the remains of the tram system this year and has recently stated that the planned Metro extension originally intended to be completed by 2020 was to be put back until at least 2030. Tashkent has since become a car and bus infested city with noticeable increased levels of traffic pollution and congestion. An example of local government transport policy at its worst.