To fill the vacuum left by WECA and the Western Gateway(s), Greater Bristol Forum for Transport and Bath Trams produces professional suite of transport plans

In the absence of WECA the West of England Combined Authority producing any coherent plans to tackle congestion, pollution and climate change, Transport Forum for Greater Bristol (TfGB) – an alliance of local campaign groups   including but not limited to Bath Trams have produced their own set of integrated coherent  plans covering commuting, rat run […]

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Public Acceptability of Tram Overhead Wires

Above – tram wires strung from the Vienna Grand Opera House Various Notes from various contributors: Remember, people walking in and around cities rarely look up above the shop name on a shopfront. The see the rails and think permanence and that’s where the trams run, but never look up at the overhead wires. In […]

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Structure Gauge and Dynamic Kinematic Envelope – DKE

Structure Gauge and Kinematic Envelope To ensure that the path required for the passage of trains is kept clear along the route of a railway, a “structure gauge” is imposed. This has the effect of forming a limit of building inside which no structures may intrude. The limit includes not only things like walls, bridge […]

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North Somerset Railway Proposal

NSR aim is to enable reintroduction of national railway operations between Radstock and the Somer valley and the Network through partnerships with GWR, Network Rail, the DFt and Local Councils. https://www.northsomersetrailway.com/

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Temporary tram diversion tracks permit access to buried utilities under tram tracks – they do not necessarily need to be moved during tram line installed

The above images and video below, indicate how rapidly tram tracks can be diverted whilst services are maintained or moved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33FAA4pzRkA “Kletterweiche” are a form of temporary tracks laid on the surface of the road to effect a diversion if large excavations for utility work is required. See images below from Wroclaw Poland 2015: Please find […]

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Manchester metro builders ignored continental experience by not fitting tried and tested gong warning sound

The original “T68” trams in Manchester were fitted with whistles derived  from LMS steam locomotive hooters adapted to work on air and indirectly operated via an electro-pneumatic valve.  They were often ineffective in the city centre, causing drivers to improperly switch the tram into off-street mode on-street in order to sound the screeching off-street horn.  […]

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