Manchester Metro sub-optimal as local expertise and continental experience ignored

UK TRAMWAY HANDICAPS Constructing a road or a railway is a far more straightforward process than installing a tramway in a city centre. Tramway installation requires the skills of mechanical, electrical (traction, distribution, electronic), civil, railway, software, highway and traffic engineers, as well as relying heavily on financial, public relations, legal and political expertise interfacing […]

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8 Tram light rail track installation costs

See Also: 0 Likely Tram Track Installations costs for Bath – French Tram Engineering Experts EGIS 1 tram light rail track installation costs 2 Recent German Light Rail Tram Track costs – £13 – £20m / km 3 UK Tram track light rail installation costs – “circa £20m to £30m per route kilometre” 4 Tram […]

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Why you get bus jam if you try to run a large city solely on buses and without trams

Above: A previous Lothian Buses director, Neil Renilson decided that ALL bus routes should run through the centre of Edinburgh. His wisdom has been questioned, and the picture provided by George Murray shows why. https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/robin-heydon-column-cambridge-ottawa-13462503   The problem of bus queues in Princes Street Edinburgh, Cambridge, Oxford or anywhere that has reasonable demand for public transport arises […]

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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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