Tram design for town

12:30 05 November 2010

new tram design

new tram design

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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.

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    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.

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    Addy

    Friday, November 5, 2010

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

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    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.

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    Neil Anderson for Light Rail

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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