For a detailed explanation of why trams work and buses, alone, don’t, see the foot of this page.
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FRENCH ENGINEERING GIANT TO TALK AT BATH AREA TRAMS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CONFERENCE AND GET TOGETHER Saturday Feb 8th.
EGIS who have reinstalled many of the 27 new French tramways ( all removed after the war), specifically and successfully to to reduce traffic and revitalise the towns, and the current extension to the Birmingham tramway ( including hill sections in sensitive areas without overhead wires) will discuss the feasibility and likely costs of re-installing them in Bath and the environs.
Other expert speakers will give their views also.
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Why Trams Work (But Integrated With Buses) Whereas Buses Alone Don’t, In Tackling Pollution Congestion, Climate Emergency
- Nowhere have buses achieved a significant modal shift from cars to buses because for the reasons below, they cannot offer the same high quality and prestigious service which a tram can.
- Trams typical get a 30 – 40 % modal shift due to fundamental engineering differences which translate into a more economic and attractive vehicle.
- All 8 new trams in Britain have achieved significant reduction in pollution and congestion, something not achieved with buses, which are great for rural routes or tram feeders
- In trams passengers not cramped in bench seats. Passengers not stuck next to a potentially bad actors ( important for school children and young women for example) due to non-bench seats and walk through vehicles.
- Trams are smoother and quieter than a bus due to the rails, whereas a bus has to deal with defects in the road and on a dedicate busway soon creates ruts and grooves.
- Trams have a much higher capacity than buses
- Lower overall cost – more passengers per driver, lower running cost per passenger, financed at 1 % over 40 yrs lower capex. Buses have higher running cost.
- The above means that trams can operate at much more rapid frequency around the clock – 2 minutes in Budapest, 6 minutes in UK. Buses can’t do this because they have to accumulate enough passengers at bus stops with long service gaps.
- Trams are much more reliable, and coupled with high frequency eliminate the 1/3 extra morning peak journeys to school by permitting even two tram journeys to be feasible.
- Tram can climb all the hills in Bath and the road to Radstock without resort to rack or cables.
- Any fixed rail link increases property values, and commercial activity.
- Any fixed rail link which starts out rural soon attracts development alongside ( eg Metropolitan line – numerous examples.)
- Numerous examples of bus schemes that have not been successful in UK eg Swansea £10m failure https://bathtrams.uk/difficulties-and-problems-encountered-with-bus-rapid-transit-in-the-uk/
- Trams have zero pollution at point of use or production if run on renewables with very low losses. Both buses have large tyre, brake and road dust emissions equal to the exhaust emissions. Electric cars are not a solution either due to the tyre and road tar pollution.
- Trams have much lower bearing pressure and shock loading than buses, and it is buses that are breaking up Bath’s roads and vaults.