Why building more roads, or any traffic improvement scheme is not cost effective and does not cut overall congestion

People generally spend an hour a day traveling: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marchetti%27s_constant So any road improvement simply means that people will journey further to their destinations.   This means there will be the same number of cars on the road as before but they are spread over a longer road mileage. But immediately other drivers will work out that […]

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Buses, Busways or BRT have never attracted sufficient car drivers to reduce congestion even if they are quicker.

See Also: https://bathtrams.uk/buses-and-busways-some-factual-observations-by-prof-lewis-lesley/ It is absolutely not true that if you take away the car choice, people will go by bus. It has been proven over and over again, that people just choose what is easier and go to other destinations”  I spent 15 years in Academia and Local Government trying to get people out of […]

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Modern quick to install, low disruption track systems, do not require wholesale diversion of utilities

See Also: https://bathtrams.uk/cost-of-service-diversion-do-not-rule-out-trams-edinburgh-notwithstanding/ And: https://bathtrams.uk/uk-tram-installs-are-much-more-expensive-than-on-the-continent/ The picture above  shows why Edinburgh track laying was perhaps so time-consuming, as there was a thick concrete base laid, then tied sleepers placed on that, and this was then all encased in more concrete. Life expectancy will not allow us to see how worn track will be replaced, but meantime Siberian iron-ore trains could […]

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Evidence that car drivers will switch to trams but not buses – 4

See also          :https://bathtrams.uk/evidence-that-car-drivers-will-switch-to-trams-but-not-buses-1/                           the evidience that car-drivers-will-switch-to-trams-but-not-buses-2/                          The evidence that car drivers will switch to trams but not buses – 3 https://bathtrams.uk/buses-and-busways-some-factual-observations-by-prof-lewis-lesley/     The Executive […]

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Evidence that car drivers will switch to trams but not buses – 1

See Also: Evidence that car drivers will switch to trams but not buses – 2 Evidence that car drivers will switch to trams but not buses – 3 evidence-that-car-drivers-will-switch-to-trams-but-not-buses-4/ https://bathtrams.uk/buses-and-busways-some-factual-observations-by-prof-lewis-lesley/ https://bathtrams.uk/car-drivers-will-not-use-buses/ See also evidence that car drivers hate buses USA – home of the car love affair A US Transportation Research Board analysis {US Transportation […]

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Why do trams attract more car drivers in cities than buses?

(its worth noting that trams only work where there is a high demand for passengers, which means cities or between cities, and that as such, they have a capacity 3 – 5 times that of a bus service on the same route.  See: https://bathtrams.uk/relative-carrying-capacity-cars-buses-trams/ Buses are great for low demand city routes and for rural areas) First: Trams […]

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Buses, Busways & BRT- are they successful in attracting car drivers and solving congestion?

Above: the Curitaba Busway Also see : https://bathtrams.uk/evidence-that-car-drivers-will-switch-to-trams-but-not-buses-2/ and          :https://bathtrams.uk/evidence-that-car-drivers-will-switch-to-trams-but-not-buses-1/ : evidence-that-car-drivers-will-switch-to-trams-but-not-buses-4/ https://bathtrams.uk/buses-and-busways-some-factual-observations-by-prof-lewis-lesley/      Some factual observations by Prof. Lewis Lesley BSc, AKC, PhD, CEng, MICE, FRSA, FCIT, MTPS 1.0        Background Bus patronage Today busses carry about 5bn passengers a year or 7% of all trips made in Britain, compared to 1.4bn […]

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