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 light pre-emption would work

How Green Wave traffic light pre-emption would work for a tram coming in from Bathford via Batheaston.  ( note the same applies for a route from Odd Down to Bath) See also:  https://bathtrams.uk/solving-baths-traffic/trams-give-journey-times-cars-buses-even-whilst-sharing-congested-roads/ And note Green Wave doesn’t generally work for buses: https://bathtrams.uk/green-wave-traffic-light-pre-emption-is-usually-not-done-for-trams-ie-not-buses-says-world-bank/ Note –  this is meant as an example to show the principle – how […]

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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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Why were trams closed down and removed in British and other cities?

It was certainly not the case that trams in cities fell out of use because they were unpopular with users. This is demonstrated by the fact that when trams were replaced by buses, patronage immediately declined by 30% – see the three well referenced articles quoted below. However there was competition for trams following WW1 […]

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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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Cambridge busway failure

Failed Cambridge Busway http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/cambridge-guided-busway-13387477 ” Serious questions are now being raised about the safety and long-term viability of the busway after findings by Smarter Cambridge Transport show it is “deteriorating fast”, despite only being six-years-old. Some residents are saying the public transport system should never have been built, arguing in favour of a light railway. CamPete […]

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