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08 February 2020
Following on from the previous annual conference, BATA will be bringing together local politicians, National Light Rail / Tram experts, and North East Somerset and Bath residents to discuss the merits of trams / light rail and the progress in re-installing them (they were in Bath 1904 - 1939), ascending steep hills and negotiating the narrow streets. (in fact the steepest hill in Bath is 1 in 14, and the 70 year old Lisbon trams negotiate even steeper hills of 1 in 12 so no difficulty for modern trams – also negotiate very narrow streets)
BATA believes the evidence is that only trams linking Radstock, Midsomer Norton, Chippenham and connected to Bristol, with a network in Bath, integrated with buses for other rural areas; re-opening the line from Radstock to Frome via Westbury, will solve Bath and the surrounding areas transport, congestion, pollution and commercial crises. This is because they can operate economically at much higher, (2 - 6 minute) frequencies than buses, car drivers will use them whereas they won't use buses, have about 1/12 the energy consumption of a bus, do not produce road and tyre dust pollution, and being a permanent addition, attract development along the routes.
No bus based solution has solved congestion in any British city, whereas all tram re-installs have caused measureable and significant reduction in congestions and commercial regeneration.
They also have a much higher capacity (36,000 passengers per hour) than either cars ( 1000/h) or buses (9,000/h). The reliability, ability to walk around on the tram – walkthrough and few bench seats, and the high frequency mean that parents will trust their children to cross town, two trams trips even on winter evenings.
Modern trams can ascend all the hills in Bath and the gradients if the tram were placed on the main road from Bath to Radstock, and all the city centre narrow streets and do not need overhead wires.
Modern trams, even though they share exactly the same crowded roads as the traffic, can actually penetrate traffic much more quickly than a bus – its not at all obvious at first but see the video on the http://www.bathtrams.uk/ website to see a tram leading the cars in and look see: https://bathtrams.uk/green-wave-traffic-light-pre-emption-is-usually-not-done-for-trams-ie-not-buses-says-world-bank/
Further details of why trams work see: http://www.bathtrams.uk/
Reserve a ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=83359575735
Contact Dave Andrews, Chair, Bath Trams [email protected], 07795842295