Come and hear the evidence of why trams can get children to school safely and quickly even across town without cars, drastically cut pollution, carbon and congestion and the reasons buses alone can’t

Come along on the 8th February to discuss how the reintroduction of trams can address these issues. LIGHT LUNCH INCLUDED!

Full Agenda and background here:

8th February 2020


9am – Coffee and Registration

10am – Speakers




Trams get down very narrow streets and can share with cars

Whenever trams/light rail has been re-installed in the UK – Croydon, London’s docklands, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham and Blackpool – there is an immediate shift from cars to trams improving congestion, air pollution and general pleasantness, something that has never been achieved with buses alone.

In the UK the experience is that car drivers do not accept cramped, infrequent, uncomfortable and unreliable, low prestige buses, unfortunately inescapable features of a bus’s engineering and economics.

Clean air means washing is hung out on Lisbon tram line – all rubber tyred vehicles produce as much deadly particulate from the tyres and ground up road dust as from the exhaust.  Electric cars and buses are no solution.

Currently Nottingham is the only UK city on schedule to meet its carbon reduction targets, due to the re-introduction of trams. While Birmingham has recently announced it will be banning cars from the city centre again, a prospect made possible by the reintroduction of trams. Edinburgh has been so successful it is being extended and the Council recently announced a “vast” expansion.


Trams are definitely part of Bath’s heritage, and no one complained about the overhead wires then, nor do they complain in traffic fee cities like Vienna with tram wires.  In fact modern trams do not need overhead wires.


All major UK cities, including Bath, expanded and benefited from trams before buses were introduced with their lethal particulate pollution from tyre and road dust. This, and passengers abandoning buses for cars, contributed to the current crisis of congestion and pollution.


Two trams side by side outside Guildhall. Trams can get through narrow streets than buses and can pass closer together.


Trams are zero emission and have much lower energy consumption than buses, over the long term offering a cheaper alternative. Buses are cheap to buy but expensive to operate, leading to long service gaps to cram people at bus stops.
If you are interested in discussing these issues further come along to the Bath Area Trams Conference on 8th February, where experts will share their knowledge and experiences on this important topic. A free lunch is also provided!

Full Agenda and background here: