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The installation of trams drives city regeneration by making access cheap, easy, fast, pleasant and convenient

Metrolink has helped to create the modern Greater Manchester city-region by driving regeneration and employment in the areas it serves. Last year saw a record-breaking 37 million passenger journeys and that number is continually growing. https://www.wired.co.uk/article/trams-edinburgh-manchester-uk-transport-system   See also: https://bathtrams.uk/5756-2/   Trams are great for city transport – why doesn’t the UK have more? and can […]

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The renaissance of tramways and urban redevelopment in France

  From: https://www.degruyter.com/downloadpdf/j/mgrsd.2017.21.issue-1/mgrsd-2017-0005/mgrsd-2017-0005.xml MISCELLANEA GEOGRAPHICA – REGIONAL STUDIES ON DEVELOPMENT 5 Modal shift from private cars to public transportation is often presented as one of the pillars of sustainable mobility in cities (Ferbrache & Knowles 2016) under the “European model”. At the same time, the (re) building of cities through the reorganization of daily mobilities is […]

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Electric cars are not the answer to air pollution, says top UK adviser

Also see: https://bathtrams.uk/majority-88-per-cent-londons-road-traffic-emission-vehicle-brake-tyre-wear-resuspensio/   https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/04/fewer-cars-not-electric-cars-beat-air-pollution-says-top-uk-adviser-prof-frank-kelly   Electric cars are not the answer to air pollution, says top UK adviser Prof Frank Kelly says fewer not cleaner vehicles are needed, plus more cycling and walking and better transit systems   “……… Cars must be driven out of cities to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis, not just […]

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Car drivers will not use buses

Dear Mr Andrews, If my 50+ years in Academia and Local Government have any merit, my advice on the “car to bus” Q would be: ‘After an extensive search of available materials, no evidence has been found to support the opinion that car users are attracted to bus services. Indeed many cities that had initially […]

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Evidence that car drivers will switch to trams but not buses – 2

Below are a few items indicating that trams are attracters for car drivers, to a far greater extent than buses. Also other evidence from this website here:  https://bathtrams.uk/evidence-car-drivers-will-use-trams-not-buses/ and    https://bathtrams.uk/evidence-car-drivers-will-use-trams-not-buses/   Historical viewpoint: From a historical point of view, it is worth noting that when many of the large UK trams systems ( the ones […]

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London Tram Abandonment

CHAPTER 1  – From :  http://www.yellins.com/transporthistory/London%20Trams%20Campaign.doc   REASONS FOR THE ABANDONMENT OF THE TRAMS IN LONDON   In this chapter, I aim to co-ordinate the various reasons for the withdrawal of trams from London.  To the majority of tramway enthusiasts, the reasons for abandonment were all too commonplace, and the subsequent results were an anathema to them.   […]

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cities with small population and tram systems

There are a number of cites with trams that are smaller or the same sort of size as Bath ( this is not an exhaustive list): Below are towns on the Belgian coastal tram – Bath connected to Bristol would be in a similar situation, particularly if connected also to Radstock and Chippenham.   Valenciennes […]

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Pedestrianization and Bath’s commercial potential decline?

Extract from a discussion on bath-tram-re-introduction@googlegroups.com  Dear Joanna, Absolutely agree in the need to re-regulate the buses, so that each city has control of its buses, AND has the necessary funding to subsidize the less used services as part of an overall package. However the historical fact remains, that whenever profitable trams systems were closed and […]

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