|Ultra Light Double Decker; Sep 2015||Recent technical advances have broken through important cost barriers and have made the urban tram mode affordable for smaller towns and districts
Reconciling Conflicting Objectives
Problems caused by traffic congestion are experienced by small and large urban centres and, increasingly, suburban districts. The presence of too many private cars competing for road space, circulating while searching for a place to park and intruding into what would otherwise be attractive public spaces causes planners to try to achieve conflicting objectives. How to ease access to central zones, preserving their appeal and not sacrificing valuable space for the free movement and accommodation of private cars has been achieved largely by means of effective but expensive investment in transportation systems or vast car parks.
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|Poland: An update of success: Sept 2015||Where does this boom come from? The success of the Polish recovery is clearly down to the connectivity provided by the tram Arguments in all of the cities are almost completely identical: trams can transport much more passenger than for example buses, and in comparison to them, they are much more cheaper in exploitation, they do not pollute the environment, don’t get caught up in traffic jams, don’t create greater noise. – Used up rails can be recycled, but a deteriorated road is hard to recycle and costly in utilization – states Tomasz Kunert from Warsaw’s town hall||International|
|Bulgaria, Sofia: Green grass Track Aug 2015||Bulgaria's capital is grassing over some of its tram lines as part of a programme to make the city greener.
An initial 60m (197ft) stretch of the "green rails" has already opened in Sofia's Ruski Pametnik Square. Architects hope the new turf will muffle traffic noise, improve air quality and cool the often torrid Sofia summer heat, Nova TV reports. A drainage system has been installed to divert rain water off the rails into the soil beneath the grass.
There seems to be no problem with grass track there!||International|
|Edinburgh:Extentions Assessment Aug 2015||Edinburgh city councillors are reviewing the possibility of extending the tramway to Leith and Newhaven after an updated business case was introduced at its latest council meeting.
The extension would serve to drive the renewal of the city’s waterfront, improve connections to the city centre and unlock the area’s sustainable regeneration.
New links to Granton and, from there, to Newhaven are also being considered.
|Midland Metro: End of T69 Trams Aug 2015||Transport authority Centro and National Express will have a ceremony to send off the last T69 tram on Friday, following its final public journey.
It will start its day at 6.04 am, from the Wednesbury depot, going to Snow Hill where it will start its service from 6.30 am.
The tram will then run the 23-stop 13-mile route a few times before making its last trip carrying passengers at 11.10 am.
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|The Almost complete answer to poor Urban Air Quality: July 2015||Government Transport Policies are killing us: -
All governments have tried to sell us the low cost options of more efficient roads, cars, buses and trucks etc., but the evidence shows that these do not work on the scale now needed and this is a fatal path for many that they are taking down and whilst it appears that lip service is being paid to saving the planet etc., a step change with this new Government is required now that the facts are in the public domain has morally to be done to reduce the illness and death of hard working families, our very young and to enable our older citizens to enjoy considerable healthy, happy longevity ||Articles|
|Australia: Gold Coast, One year on Aug 2015||Tourism and Commonwealth games Minister Kate Jones says the light rail system has revolutionised public transport on the Gold Coast.
"Gold Coast residents and visitors alike have embraced the G:," she says.
"We've created jobs, reduced congestion, boosted urban renewal, serviced major events, and given locals and tourists a new way to experience the Gold Coast.
"Gold Coast Light Rail patronage continues to exceed expectations, with an average of more than 18,200 trips made on the G: each day."
"The Gold has experienced a very significant global increase in public transport patronage of more than 25 per cent in the first 11 months since the G: and the bus network changes started.
|LR South Wales Metro Tram Based ? 3rd Aug 2015||The South Wales Metro needs to be based around trams if it is to achieve its full potential
The electrification of the Valleys Lines gives us an opportunity to be create a light rail system in south east Wales that be best suited to future growth
Plans for a South Wales Metro should be built around light rail or trams instead of the heavy rail that currently uses the Valleys Lines
|LR South Wales Metro:£600 Million Confrmed 30 July 2015||Transport Minister Edwina Hart will confirm that £600m has been identified for Valley Lines, but no decision yet on whether it will be tram or heavy rail
In a statement to AMs Mrs Hart, who has responsibility for transport, is also expected to announce a new strategic transport advisory group to provide expertise and advice to the Welsh Government as it engages with stakeholders and suppliers in the rail sector, as part of the process of firming up its Metro plans.
|Taiwan Kaohsiung Test Running July 2015||Kaohsiung, July 22 (CNA) Kaohsiung began a week-long test of the country's first light rail system on Tuesday with an eye toward holding a passenger trial run in the second half of August, the southern Taiwan city's Mass Rapid Transit Bureau said.
It is gratifying to note that the All Party Parliamentary Light Rail Group on their visit in 2013 in high level discussions with the Taiwanese Minister of Transport advocated that the line should be built at Grade (Ground Level) to enable retail and residential development along the route and not as in the Taipei system of an elevated line with subsequent station cluster development.
( JH Secretary )