Modal split in London and the cost of subsidy to the buses

https://londontransportdata.wordpress.com/category/geography/london/   See also: https://bathtrams.uk/nationally-7-of-journeys-are-made-by-bus-and-falling/ From the above chart it looks like about 100,000 people commute via bus into London per day during the morning peak. The annual subsidy is £600m  “At over two billion passenger journeys a year, usage is around double that of the London Underground. The city has 675 bus routes, with around 9,000 buses in operation and over 19,000 […]

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Nationally about 7% of journeys are made by bus

Modal split as above is now about the same as in Bath  Above – light rail/tram increasing, buses declining nationally When London’s trams were replaced by trolley buses, in the 1950s, there was an immediate drop of 30% patronage The claim was that it would reduce congestion, but the reverse occurred. Many of the people […]

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UK tram installs are much more expensive than on the continent

The above is a cheap to install track system used in Den Haag with trams running on concrete blocks on sand giving easy access to services. See Also: https://bathtrams.uk/cost-of-service-diversion-do-not-rule-out-trams-edinburgh-notwithstanding/ This is primarily because they are designed by heavy high speed rail engineers, with little knowledge of short stage urban passenger transport design or requirements, and have installed rail […]

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Already car free Utrecht replaces buses with trams

Utrecht has the busiest bus network in the Netherlands, impacting the air quality in the city. Studies have shown that the bus network has reached a saturation point and is no more a viable solution for the growing passenger traffic in the region. As a result, a tram network was seen as a more practical […]

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Why is it that “People really do prefer trams”

Why do travellers prefer trains and light rail to buses? This article tries to undermine the fact that people really do prefer trams, and implies it is ignorance that they dont prefer buses.  But there are sound reasons why people do. ….”New research confirms what we pretty much already know; travellers generally prefer rail-based modes […]

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How Freiburg’s tram solution was much more effective than York’s cheap bus solution

https://bathtrams.uk/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/APPLRG151210-1.pdf slides 18 – 30 in above show how much  better Freiburg did by expanding the trams than York which tried the cheap bus solution; similar size cities York’s failed bendy bus solution Freiburg’s pedestrianised area + trams Below, click to see other tram papers:   https://bathtrams.uk/bath-tram-conference/    

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