About Us

The Bath Trams AKA Bath Trams Re-Introduction Group (BTRIG)  AKA Bathtrams AKA Swiftrams is an independent pro bono / non-profit group comprised of engineers, transport and financial experts, who having reviewed the evidence of trams’ successful role in reducing congestion and pollution in other cities, and the failure of other non-tram solutions, wish to present the  case for the reintroduction of trams in Bath.

By freeing up city roads, trams will make the rural commute cheaper and encourage the use of rural buses rather than driving in from rural areas,  in addition to making many cross town commutes easier and the town less polluted. Bath Trams favours community ownership and  investment as far as possible so this is not viewed as a profit making venture.

Likewise park and rides have been shown not to be a solution as these inevitably draw previous rural bus commuters to cars, which then has a negative effect on the rural bus service due to reduced patronage, and further delays due to car congestion, forcing more previous bus users to start using a car.

Light Rail  to Radstock, Chippenham and Bristol will eliminate the bulk of car journeys into Bath.

Bath Trams supports the council in the range of studies it is conducting in a careful manner and its engagement with UK Tram the industry body which has the expertise to evaluate if there is an economic case that is likely to meet the UK Dept of Transport’s requirements which has already provided funding for the re-tramming of 7 other British cities.

In parallel if the efforts to raise money through UK Dept of Transport are not successful,  Bath Trams is investigating methods to raise capital privately to fund the tram system as per the recently begun privately funded Preston Tram system..

We are talking to interested groups such as B&NES and decisions makers and to those who have the funds for this sort of large infrastructure investment – circa £200m.

If you or your organization would like a briefing or talk please email: tyningroad@gmail.com

Bath Trams Board

Comprising a number of local individuals and highly experienced professional from the Financial, Rail and Tram industry this comprises the following persons:

·        Dave Andrews – C. Eng. M Inst. Energy.  Energy and power generation expert.  Ex Expert adviser to the European Commission. Appointed as chairperson,

·        Michael Godwin – economics and business policy adviser, appointed as secretary

·        Sarah Warren – sustainable transport researcher

·        Tim Kingham –  C. Eng M. Inst. CE.  Civil engineering adviser,

·        Gary Charman – commercial manager

·        Property Manager – vacant,.

·        David Walmsley BSc –  PhD, CMILT, MCIHT, tram technical lead. Member of UKTram; UK Rep on European Urban Tram Forum; formerly Fixed Track Executive at Confederation of Passenger TransportEdward

·        Edward Campbell-Gray – Financial expert. Managing Director ECG Consulting Limited. Project Finance Adviser –  Over 30 years experience in banking within top tier financial institutions with specific skill set in finance of infrastructure projects.

·        Richard Daniel –  -Locally based Active Travel researcher. Has studied the affects of transport in the urban environment, in particular the benefits of active travel and public transport on the the well being of individuals, creating thriving communities and environmental sustainability.  .

·        Vacant – an Operator Advisor to the board.

·        Andrew Braddock –  the immediate past Chairman and a Vice-President of the Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA), and Chairman of the Promotions  Group of industry body UKTram, as well as being Vice-Chairman of the UK Bus Driver of the Year Competition and a member of the Bus & Coach Forum of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT)
Vacant, an Operator Advisor to the board.

·       Bob Chard. M.Phil. (architecture) B.A. (technology) Dip.TP. Expert in consents and approvals procedures for major transport infrastructure projects; urban transit systems.  Over 40 yrs. consultancy, local government and academic experience. Formerly MRTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) and now a UK Tram member.

·      David Rumney: A chartered engineer, and a (retired) member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Arbitrators. Involved in the planning of many UK successful tram systems such as the  Manchester Metro-link, Birmingham, ( but  not Edinburgh) and varying levels of involvement in Croydon, Liverpool and Nottingham, Leeds Supertram ( not built  – Alistair Darling cancelled the scheme along with that of Liverpool.) . Expert in the issue of underground utilities diversions ( full expertise listed below in Advisory Group)

·      Angus Frazer: Senior management posts in International companies

Fuller details of some of the people in the Main Board, are elaborated below:

Bath Trams Advisory Board

Members of the Advisory Board, do not necessarily support the notion of  trams in Bath or any of the specific proposals for trams in Bath, and are not commercially involved in Bath Trams. However they believe the tram option should be looked at. There role is to provide advice from their areas of specialist expertise or local knowledge:

A technical Board is currently being assembled along with a management Board.

Advisory Board Members:

• David Rumney: A chartered engineer, and a (retired) member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Arbitrators.

David’s initial background was in structural engineering, but  started to get involved in tramways in February 1987 when he was seconded to what was then called Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive to advise on forms of contract for the proposed tram system, now known as Metrolink. This was expected to be a short term posting, but he also started to get involved in the detail of what needed to be done in order to build and operate a tramway, with the consequence that he remained involved for 5½ years.

He took charge of planning and overseeing the construction of the city centre section of the route, from Victoria and Piccadilly stations to what was then GMex. This included checking the contractor’s design, overseeing traffic management, public relations and accommodation works. However, the biggest impact on the project was diversion of utilities’ apparatus. The need for this was something he picked up on shortly after the start of his secondment, and carried it through until all the necessary works had been completed.

Shortly after his secondment ended, he  became self-employed. He then  continued to work for GMPTE on the development of the Phase 2 line to Eccles via Salford Quays. He planned the diversions for this, although the work was supervised by the contractor. At the same time he acted as a checker for the alignment and overhead line designs provided by the contractor. He also carried out a large part of the investigation and design of the diversions for Phase 3, but this was eventually handed over to the contractor for that phase to complete and oversee.

In 1992/3 he was commissioned by West Yorkshire PTE to help them in their preparation for an Act of Parliament to authorise the proposed Leeds Supertram. He appeared at the committee stage in the House of Lords as an expert witness on utility diversions. The Act was passed, but the scheme eventually failed due to lack of funds. In 1994/5 he  worked for Strathclyde PTE on their proposals for the Strathclyde Light Rail, but the scheme was turned down at Inquiry stage.

He  also worked on a proposal for the extension of the Sheffield Supertram, and had varying levels of involvement in Croydon, Liverpool and Nottingham.

His final project was the extension of the Birmingham Metro between Snow Hill and New Street stations. He was responsible for the utility diversions which were completed shortly before my retirement in December 2013.

In 199 he was commissioned by PTEG (the Passenger Transport Executives Group) to write a handbook called Diversionary Works for Tramway Promoters. In 2010 he prepared a set of reports for UKTram on diversion works, which are available from their website. He was also, for a number of years, a member of the Diversionary Works Working Party section of HAUC (the Highway Authorities and Utilities Committee), for the purpose of updating a Code of Practice issued under S.84 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991. This has not been updated since it was first issued in 1992, and sadly doesn’t look as if it will be anytime soon.

David Walmsley. Chartered Member of the ILT and a Member of the CIHT.  BSc and PhD in physics.

I am a I was formerly Fixed Track Executive at the Confederation of Passenger Transport and before that I worked at the Transport Research Laboratory mainly on public transport projects. Since retiring in 2012 I have worked on a European tram safety project and on some projects for UK Tram. I am an Individual Member of UKTram and a Council Member of the Light Rail Transit Association.
 David  position as an adviser is ” I am willing to be an adviser, provided it is understood that I don’t necessarily support all aspects of the proposals. I like the idea of trams for Bath, but I would sum up my position as “remain to be convinced” by some of the suggestions. However, if I can help in any way, I would be willing to do so.”

•  Colin Mawdsley -Technical Sales Manager Special Profiles – British Steel

Tim Kendell BSc CEng MICE MAPM FPWI – Tim is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 45 years’ experience in Railways, both heavy and light.

He has recently retired from the DfT where he was their Infrastructure Technical Manager and the Technical Lead for the Tram Train Pilot. He has experience in track, station and depot design, and was Project Engineer in the planning stages of major projects such as Thameslink 2000 and took the Southern Extension of the East London Line through the TWA Order process. He has been an Expert Witness at Inquiries for railway projects in London and Hong Kong. He planned potential alignments for the feasibility study for Dublin Metro West.

He is a member of the UKTram Guidance, Standards, Safety and Assurance Group and TramForward where he provides both Infrastructure and Tram Train expertise. He has contributed to the EU INTERREG IVB SINTROPHER project on their Expert Panel

Tim planned potential alignments for the Dublin Metro West. This mix of light and heavy rail experience enables him to take a balanced and objective view on the feasibility and appropriate application of Tram and Tram Train systems in the UK.

Ruth Haynes MA MEng MICE CEng MFPWS. Ruth Haynes is a Chartered Civil Engineer working as a Party Wall Surveyor in central London and a design Engineer in Bath and beyond. She has 20 years experience in the construction industry and has acted as an Expert Witness (Quants) in International Arbitration.

Adrian Howson FIMechE, CEng MBA – Chief Engineer at Transport Design International which has just won the contract from RSSB for a Very Light Rail Train) with some tram projects in quotation.

 Sherman G. Havens, Technical Director. Systems Engineering, Communications & Controls at WSP-PB.  WSP is one of the world’s fastest-growing design, engineering and management consultancies. Specializing in property, transport and environmental projects, they work with clients to create built and natural environments for the future.

Direct: +44 (0)20 3116 5926, Swbd: +44 (0)20 7314 5000,  Mobile: +44 (0)78 8705 9710,  WSP House, 70 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1AF

www.wsp.com

• Dr Nick Mallinson, Programme Manager, WMG ( West Midlands Manufacturing Group) centre HVM Catapult, mIARC Building, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

• Andrew Braddock, Chairman – Promotions Group, UKTram,  4 Borderside,YATELEY,GU46 6LJ

Tim Kingham C. Eng. MICE

• Bob Chard – Town Planner and Transportation consultant. Member of UK Tram (Ultra Light Rail Group) 2012-present. M.A. Geography,  Oxford University,       Dip. Ed,  Education,  Oxford University,  Dip. T.P., Town Planning, Liverpool College of Building, 1968. B.A., Environmental Science, Open University, M.Phil., Architecture, York University IAAS. Bob Chard has over 40 years experience working as a town planner in UK and overseas; in local government, as a consultant and teaching in polytechnics and universities. For the last 20 years he has worked mainly on major transport infrastructure developments in London and the south east; with particular responsibilities for town planning and environmental aspects of project development and evaluation. He has particular expertise in:-

Consents procedures for transport infrastructure developments
Environmental resources protection and management
Town planning legislation; government policy and advice

Michael Godwin – BSc(Econ) Hons in Economics and Public Administration 1971. MSc(Econ) by research in Humanities and Social Sciences 1975.. Economist and ex-lecturer Bath University.

•  Clive Hinchcliffe AIRO M.D. CJH Multisourcing SNC  Associate Member of the Institution of Railway Operators   Clive Hinchcliffe AIRO  Public Transport operations specialist.  over 40 years experience both with the Public and private sectors.  Presently Operations Director at CJH Multisourcing SNC.  I have experience both in the UK and overseas at the highest levels of Government and was responsible for day to day operational  management for two lines on the London Underground network.

David Andrews C.Eng, M. Inst. Energy. Energy and Power Generation expert. Ex Scientific Adviser on Power to the UK Commission based in Alkmaar. Chairman Claverton Energy Group.

Ara Krikorian MiCE.  Civil/structural/water engineer. During his overseas postings, he has ridden on many tram systems, e.g. in Brussels, Riga (Latvia), Romania and other central and eastern European countries and is looking forward to the day when Bath will finally have its tramway network reinstated, something that will make its residents and visitors as happy as those who ride the wonderful Manchester trams.

Christopher Mackenzie. Director. architect and urban designer, with a lot of experience of working in Bath a Bath resident, business owner, and parent of school aged children Designscape Architects.

• David Hirst, MBCS, AIET. Electrical Engineer, Inventor/consultant. David Hirst is a (retired) IT professional and a consultant to many 10s of businesses. Work on NETA led to pursuit of demand side technologies for grid system balancing, and he founded RLtec and has several patents. The concepts have links to influencing demand (and thus congestion) for transport. He is an advocate of Land Value Taxes as a way to securely fund public services (including) transport from those who benefit from it.

•  Edward Campbell-Gray, Director ECG consulting. Edward has been raising finance for various £multi-million projects in various asset classes with a focus on the renewable energy & infrastructure sector within the UK and Europe, but also specific projects in developing regions. Work email: edward.campbell-gray@ecgconsulting.co.uk

James Harkins FCILT, MTPS Managing Director DCT Group, SSM (Rtd), Secretariat Applrg. • Adrian Howson FIMechE, CEng MBA – Chief Engineer at Transport Design International (which has just won the contract from RSSB for a Very Light Rail Train) with some tram projects in quotation.

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