Above: Croydon street running Lebanon Road stop
Above: Street running tram in Croydon between East Croydon station and Sandilands (Paul Abell)
The mileage from East Croydon is about one mile to Sandilands, that from Reeves Corner about the same.
Contrary to some perceptions all the UK tramway systems have substantial sections of street running allthough the majority is probably off road on old rail alignments. The original Manchester system had only a short city section, but later extensions such as Eccles and Ashton have street running. Most of Sheffield is on-street apart from the Meadowhall line, and Midland Metro has sections of street running at the Birmingham and Wolverhampton ends. Nottingham has street running from the University to close to the station about 1 mile. Croydon has on street running between East Croydon station and Sandilands. Blackpool had street running at the Fleetwood end, plus of course most of the Promenade line is open to pedestrians if not to road traffic.
(BTW this is a useful study into the benefits of Croydon Tram Link: https://www.witpress.
Because a tram is inherently more attractive than a bus ( this has been widely demonstrated) and attractive to car drivers we are advocating a ‘live and let live’ approach, with trams and cars sharing road space, with suitable traffic management to keep both moving. Trams do not REMOVE cars. Trams can attract trips from cars (UK c 25%) but this is a passenger choice matter.
The Sheffield tram route out to Malin Bridge has street running on a narrow road with Victorian houses on either side and cars cannot overtake trams on this section. However, a new dual carriage way parallel to this route and that to Middlewood was built in the last few years. Even so, there is a fair bit of car traffic along the on street running section.
Extensive details of the planning and design , how Parliamentary Powers were obtained and funding secured to build the network, followed by details of the construction process, including a survey of each Supertram route. https://www.platform5.com/Catalogue/Light-Rail-Transit-Trams-Metros/Sheffield-From-Tram-to-Tram-Train-5STTT(edited)
Those responsible for public transport in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria and the whole of the former Comecon bloc all understood the huge benefits of trams and resisted their abandonment (there were notable examples in other countries such as Milan & Turin in Italy; Lille, Marseille & St Etienne in France; Toronto in Canada; Boston, San Francisco & Philadelphia in the US – even Blackpool in the UK!) and they have been proved right. In Fleetwood it’s about a mile from Ash Street to the Ferry terminal loop street running.
Second-generation tramways have either been based on former heavy rail infrastructure (largely what we’ve done in the UK, though in Edinburgh, Nottingham & Sheffield only to a limited extent) or have “taken back the streets” as in France. There, city region mayors have taken the bold decision to remove traffic in favour of street-running – but generally not in mixed traffic – tramways.
It is interesting that Bristol is quite similar to Strasbourg, where the first new tramline is in tunnel below the main railway station and that’s probably what is needed for Temple Meads. Only one stop in tunnel, of course, with everything else on-street. One day we’ll get there…… I hope!!
Above – screen grab from video showing cars following tram due to green wave in Antwerp. At 2.15 you can see a single line track going down a two way narrow street morph into a double track for passing :