Tram design for town

12:30 05 November 2010

new tram design

new tram design

Archant

THIS IS what transport bosses want to see people using in and around Weston and Worle if they get financial support from the area.

Liverpool-based Trampower unveiled a proposal for an £80million tram network for the town last month, and now it has a finished design for its trams.

The firm believe a network of two dual-lines along the seafront and to the M5 would be viable and popular, proving a profitable venture for a business or group of town figures.

Although the plans are at a very early stage and a feasibility study is yet to be completed, a city class tram costing between £1.3-1.7million has been chosen for the town.

The company is already behind two other multi-million pound proposals for tram networks in Preston in Lancashire and Galway in Ireland.

Commercial and public affairs director Neil Anderson, said: “This is a really viable idea for the town, something which will clear congestion and provide a clean and quick option for people moving around.

“We now just wait private funding, which can range from an investor to a bond scheme made up of residents.”

Anyone who wants to contact the firm can do so by logging on to www.trampower.co.uk

4 comments

  • So no details of where it would actually run and why anyone would want to invest in it.

    Report this comment

    Westonman

    Friday, November 5, 2010

  • Abroad at the moment, so have not seen any plans, So what bothers me is what part of the seafront is this intended for? ? Knightstone would be ruined with a tram on the prom, and now the road isn,t wide enough for it.

    Report this comment

    Addy

    Friday, November 5, 2010

  • So no details of where it would actually run and why anyone would want to invest in it.

    Report this comment

    Westonman

    Friday, November 5, 2010

  • The best answer to Westonman is that the trams would run along 'commercial' routes - that is, where the farebox covered the operational costs and a return to investors. I am confident that private investors would be found for any sound scheme that had a rate of return higher than the banks pay. The key is to identify the commercial routes in WsM, which would require a pre-feasibility study that local councils and partners would need to pay for - say £12 000. Thereafter, there would no cost to public finances. Savings would be made from reduced subsidies for buses. Benefits would include less traffic, less noise and better air quality. They would not only transform transport in WsM. Trams would transform the town.

    Report this comment

    Neil Anderson for Light Rail

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News Stories

The tortoises, called Teo and Taylor, were taken while the park was open today (Sunday). Photo from Puxton Park's Facebook site.

TORTOISES have been stolen from a tourist attraction near Weston - the second similar raid in as many days.

Read more
road construction worker with perforator

BUSINESSES in a North Somerset village have been ‘marooned’ during a fortnight of ‘horrendous’ roadworks.

Read more
Matt White (left).

A COMMUNITY gardening project is set to grow, with volunteers being given opportunities to learn new skills.

Read more
steel handcuffs to stop criminals

A LOCKING volunteer has been ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community work after stealing more than £1,400 from a village scout group.

Read more
Bournville SubStation in St Andrews Parade, youngsters with their first aid certficates.

EIGHT young people have been awarded with certificates after taking part in first aid training.

Read more
12:00
Carol Jadiza captured Birnbeck Pier.

SOME pictures of a crumbling Birnbeck Pier were submitted to iwitness this week, alongside a number of others showing off the Your North Somerset event and the region’s natural beauty.

Read more
11:00
The winners at the Catrine Basil Awards.

Students at Sidcot School took part in a musical talent event in memory of a former pupil.

Read more
Chemistry Teacher with Students in Class --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

A NORTH Somerset teaching union has condemned academy schools in the wake of a ‘damning report’ by a Government committee.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition today E-edition

Somerset's trusted business finder