Steer Davis Gleave – What Light Rail Can Do for Cities

From: https://www.urbantransportgroup.org/system/files/general-docs/WhatLightRailCanDoforCitiesMainText_0218.pdf See also: https://bathtrams.uk/buses-have-a-much-lower-modal-shift-ie-attracting-car-drivers-capability-than-trams/ https://bathtrams.uk/the-most-energy-efficient-mode-of-public-transport/ https://bathtrams.uk/2-minute-tram-service-interval-budapest/ https://bathtrams.uk/green-wave-traffic-light-pre-emption-is-usually-not-done-for-trams-ie-not-buses-says-world-bank/ https://bathtrams.uk/why-was-the-edinburgh-tram-fiasco-so-expensive-and-late/ https://bathtrams.uk/appendix-d-details-lr55-easy-install-tram-track-report/ Extract:  “Tyne & Wear Metro 4.14 The initial monitoring studies of the Metro18 noted that use of the new system by former car users, together with the accompanying large-scale reduction of bus movements in central Newcastle, had helped to reduce congestion. Between 1980 and 1984, […]

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Are buses or trams the best investment for cities?

http://www.vtpi.org/bus_rail.pdf Abstract There is ongoing debate over the relative advantages of rail and bus transit investments. Rail critics assert that cities which expand their bus transit systems exhibit better performance than those that expand rail systems. This study examines those claims. It compares public transport performance in U.S. urban areas that expanded rail transit with […]

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Atkins Bath Trams Report Jan 2018

The West of England Joint Transport Study has identified a Transport Vision that would transform travel behaviour in the city region. This includes an ambitious programme of measures in Bath and North East Somerset, including proposals for mass transit connecting Bristol with Bath. Building on this, Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) Council wishes to […]

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How Green Wave traffic signal pre-emption / traffic light pre-emption gets trams through traffic even on shared road space

And note Green Wave doesn’t generally work for buses: https://bathtrams.uk/green-wave-traffic-light-pre-emption-is-usually-only-done-for-trams-ie-not-buses-says-world-bank/ See Also: https://bathtrams.uk/solving-baths-traffic/trams-give-journey-times-cars-buses-even-whilst-sharing-congested-roads/ See also: http://www.its.umn.edu/sensor/2003/spring/signals.html Green Wave Traffic Light Pre-emption means using a central self-learning traffic control computer to set traffic lights pre-pre-emptively, such that a tram can proceed through rush hour traffic unimpeded. This does not mean simply turning lights green when the tram […]

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Cargo trams reduce pollution and congestion from HGV in Amsterdam

there is a proposal to bring cargo tramways back into wider use was the plan by City Cargo Amsterdam to reintroduce them into the city of Amsterdam. In the spring of 2007 the city piloted this cargo tram operation, which among its aims aimed to reduce particulate pollution in the city by 20% by halving the number of lorries (5,000) unloading in […]

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History of trams closed, removal, withdrawal, closure, shut-down, in Bath and other British cities?

Great article covering this here: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/28/erased-from-history-how-sydney-destroyed-its-trams-for-love-of-the-car Quote from above, which was a complete lie ” Sydney also listened attentively to British experts. In 1949 three representatives of the London Passenger Transport Board recommended to the NSW government that Sydney cancel an order for 250 new trams and replace the entire system with buses by 1960. Three years […]

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Press Release – Briefing on Trams in Bath BRLSI Thursday 23 Nov

“no show stoppers  to Bath trams in BANES consultant’s report says Lib Dem councillor” Professor Lesley who has a lifetime studying urban transport discussed what the evidence was for thinking trams would solve Baths’ transport crisis at a reasonable cost. First he outlined how the similar Preston ( pop 110,000) tram system he was developing […]

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Infamous Swansea ‘bendy buses’ scrapped – no longer viable

Infamous Swansea ‘bendy buses’ scrapped six years after council spent £10m ripping up city centre roads to accommodate them Bus operator First Cymru say the articulated vehicles are no longer viable   http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/infamous-swansea-bendy-buses-scrapped-9526626  

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