How trams address the rural commuters
Many rural commuters prefer to drive to Bath rather than get on a rural bus and queue in traffic for a long time to get into Bath, and which queuing puts up the cost of the bus. Trams have a proven ability to solve in-city congestion by attracting car drivers out of their cars, this mean that rural commuters are more likely to use a rural bus because it will be quicker and cheaper as a result. This has a positive feedback effect on the rural buses because yet more cars are removed from the Bath traffic queues who are now in the bus.
Trams to Radstock
Since huge amounts of traffic comes in from Radstock and its environs, clearly a tram or light rail should be re-installed along the line of the Somerset and Dorset Railway.
Trams to Bristol
Similarly a huge amount of traffic comes in from Bristol and vice-verse. A tram route could be placed along the Bath Bristol A4 with on-street running. This will increase the capacity of the road from about 2,000 passengers per hour with cars, to about 20,000 per hour with trams. The Keynsham bypass and the bypass to the Glove should be converted to single carriageway with the redundant carriageway converted to park and ride, which already happens on the Globe dual carriageway at Christmas when coaches are parked on it.
Trams to Chippenham
This is another possibility to be considered.
Above: Calculated rates of return for selected routes. Route A above is Batheaston to Whiteway as below, and Route B is Upper Weston to Combe Down
One proposal for a new tram network – the actual routes would be determined by economic and feasibility studies. Nevertheless engineers have already established that all these routes are feasible from the point of view of road width, bends and gradients.
Below – the same layout but “tube map style”
The above map shows the schematic of the old 1904 – 1939 tram routes IN BROWN with the modern proposed routes which largely duplicate the old routes in other colours. Below is shown the old tram map, with routes corresponding to the BROWN above