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

Changes to wildlife protection laws could have 'catastrophic' consequences for creatures like otters.

POTENTIAL changes to laws governing the protection of wildlife could have a ‘catastrophic’ impact on the South West’s flora and fauna, it has been warned.

Read more
Andrew Shanahan before his transformation.

A PIONEERING new free service to help men who are put off losing weight is being launched in Weston this month.

Read more
13 minutes ago
Royal weekend  children dreessed princes and princesses at Puxton Park.

Youngsters dressed up in their best regal attire to celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte at a tourist park near Weston at the weekend.

Read more
15:02
Visually impaired bowls.

MORE than 50 visually impaired people took part in a bowls championship in Weston which was organised by Worle Lions Club.

Read more
The Trop before being refurbished

THE council ‘failed’ in its ambition to open the Tropicana in time for the bank holiday today (Monday), with councillors unable to say what has caused the delays and others suggesting the plan is ‘falling apart rapidly’.

Read more
09:02
Paul Cowles snapped this stunning image in Burnham.

POLICE searched woods near Weston Golf Club in the hope of finding clues in the investigation into missing Weston man, Scott Cook.

Read more

NEW police tactics to combat countryside crime appear to be paying off, after new figures revealed a 16 per cent reduction in rural offences.

Read more
12:00
Some of the Secret World fox cubs.

EAST Huntspill wildlife charity Secret World has been inundated with new arrivals over the past fortnight – and is now caring for 25 fox cubs.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00
Mike Potter with reymerr cow Denise Two, and Katie Evans with willsbro cow Rose Goldwyn.

A tourist attraction near Weston is celebrating after some of its cows won prestigious prizes.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00
Nightjar land-lord Di Bradley with the Mendip Morris Men.

MORRIS dancers did not let the bad weather dampen their spirits during a performance in Mead Vale when they took the show inside.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
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