cities with small population tram systems

Subject: Bath Transport – Tramway

Dear Councillor Shelford

I listened to your presentation at last Saturday’s Bath Transport Conference with great interest, as both a Bath resident of Oldfield Park and as an urban planning academic.

In relation to the idea for (re)introducing a tramway system to Bath, you might be interested in a few details of a new system recently opened in the French city of Valenciennes (pop. 57,000) that I have been loosely involved with. Valenciennes’ Line 2 could provide a relevant model for Bath as it is based on a single track system with passing loops – which Bath‘s historic system was in large parts, and this has allowed for significant cost savings: Eur 10m per km compared to Eur 15m  per km for the dual track Line 1 (note that these figures do not include relocating utilities – though a single track system potentially requires fewer to be relocated in any case).

I have attached some further information – a presentation from colleagues in France, and the manuscript of a book chapter on the topic which is due to be published shortly. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information.

Kind regards

Iqbal

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Dr Iqbal Hamiduddin

Lecturer in Transport Planning & Housing

Programme Director:
MSc Housing & City Planning

Admissions Tutor:
MSc Housing & City Planning + MSc Transport & City Planning

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