Why trams  plus local feeder buses work as the backbone of a city’s transport system but buses alone don’t.

          Lines A an B above are likely to be economic – results of assessment further down page Bath like Bristol, (or most British cities) suffers from pollution and congestion, and struggles commercially from lack of footfall caused by the difficulty and cost for persons accessing Bath who, as evidence shows, won’t use buses but […]

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Why was the Edinburgh tram fiasco so expensive and late?

Fundamentally, rather than put the entire project in the hands of people who knew about, and were experienced in building tram systems, ( people on the continent essentially) the project was placed in the hands of inexperienced people, The Edinburgh project was seriously mismanaged from the council staff and  councillors’ aspect. In the early stages […]

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Beneficial effect of Croydon Tram, general improvements and typically 14% reduction in road traffic in other cities

Trams reduce road traffic on average by up to 14%: the Croydon tramlink experience is that a modal shift from car use as high as 20% can be achieved. 24 – Source https://bettertransport.org.uk/sites/default/files/research-files/HoC%20Transport%20Committee%20Urban%20congestion%20-%20submission%20from%20CBT.pdf ______________________________________________________________________ Breakdown of above figures TABLE 4.5 MODAL SHIFT FOLLOWING OPENING OF CROYDON TRAMLINK Mode Users Survey Trips transferred Bus 69% 9,316,271 […]

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Cost of tram systems

    On Thu, 16 Apr 2020, 12:05 Jenny Raggett, <jdraggett@hotmail.co.uk> wrote: Hi all I just wondered whether any of you had data on the cost of trams. I’ve got some figures for the Nice tram route 2 and even managed to find (in French) where the money came from to build it (see below). […]

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Britain’s cost benefit analysis failings CBA

Sophy Tayler 18 Apr 2020, 18:28 (11 days ago) Hi All So far what we are all doing, is pointing out the flaws to ourselves. ( we’ve done the same here in London) Our experience in SE5, when we campaigned for our re-opening railway station was that the webtag score was the be all and […]

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Over 33 tramways re-installed in France after nearly all being removed after the war

A good overview of the renaissance of trams in France, the conclusion is a bit so so. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316573692_The_renaissance_of_tramways_and_urban_redevelopment_in_France Particularly land use transport planning integration: “The installation of the tram is seen as an opportunity for cities to redefine their projects in terms of urban planning and land use areas by rehabilitating and restructuring the urban […]

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Poor people are the biggest users of taxis, its convenience and service quality rather than cost that dictates mode

On Wed, 8 Apr 2020 at 21:05, david r https://www.forbes.com/sites/oliverwyman/2019/09/24/forget-ride-hailing-rail-is-a-citys-most-cost-effective-least-polluting-transport/ — On Thu, 9 Apr 2020, 19:58 Ian Crawford, wrote: Hi David, Great article supporting mass transit – I suspect that the increase in ride-hail especially in USA is a reflection of what the few who can afford the convenience regardless of cost, adding to pollution , […]

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Trams offer 90% of metro benefit but at 10% of the cost

No one in their right mind would ever suggest that trams are capable of replacing all other travel modes. After all about a fifth of journeys are walked (because they are short). Similarly only 25% of trips are over 5miles long and less than 3% over 30miles. BUT car trips (until coronavirus) dominated all trips, […]

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Key facts about transport, planning, pollution, buses, trams and light rail

The traffic growth phenomena has been well known since the 1960’s and was the subject of the seminal “Traffic in Towns” Report, which described the mechanism like digging a ditch in a water logged field. Buchanan in that report concluded that congestion could only be resolved by providing public transport that will attract marginal car […]

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