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


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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