About Us

The Bath Tram Re-Introduction Group (BTRIG)  AKA Bathtrams AKA Swiftrams is a new independent group comprised of engineers, transport and financial experts, which wishes to present a case for the reintroduction of trams in Bath, and with the support of the people of Bath and B&NES will raise private investment to build and operate it with profit over and above running costs and loan repayments being used to subsidize rural buses and vital feeder route buses.

Bath Tram recognizes the need for an integrated solution to Bath’s transport problems, which takes into account the needs of the rural communities such as Radstock, Trowbridge, Keynsham etc, the role of buses, trains and parking provision.

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.

This sort of capital is readily available providing

  • A feasibility followed by a detailed business study shows the economics are good enough
  • The scheme is then granted planning permission and has the support of the Council

Our initial studies show the returns are good enough

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

 

Bath Trams Advisory Board

Member of the Advisory Board, do not necessarily support the notion of trams or trams in Bath or any of the specific proposals for tram in Bath,  (although many of them do) 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 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.”

• 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.

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

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.

• THOMAS BURNFORD ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT LTD

tom@burnfordarchitecture.com

Company Registration No: 8595667