TYNESIDE RAPID TRANSIT

DETAILS ARE GIVEN OF IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED FOR THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT ON TYNESIDE. THESE WILL CONSIST IN THE PROVISION OF RESERVED TRACK NETWORKS AND NEW ROLLING STOCK AND THE INTEGRATION OF THESE NETWORKS WITH A REORIENTATION BUS SYSTEM. THE MAIN FEATURE WILL BE THE NEW METROPOLITAN RAILWAY WHICH WILL USE SUBSTANTIAL SECTIONS OF THE EXISTING NORTH TYNE LOOP AND SOUTH SHIELDS COMMUTER LINES, LINKED BY TUNNELS AND BRIDGES. MAJOR INTERCHANGES WITH BUSES AND ESSENTIAL PARKING FACILITIES IN THESE AREAS ARE ALSO TO BE PROVIDED. BUSES WILL BE REMOVED FROM DENSELY TRAFFICKED STREETS IN AREAS SERVED DIRECTLY BY THE METROPOLITAN RAILWAY ENABLING THESE STREETS TO BE CONVERTED TO PEDESTRIAN PRECINCTS. ELSEWHERE, WHERE CONGESTION IS LESS OF A PROBLEM, MORE EFFECTIVE USE WILL BE MADE OF BUSES. THE ROLLING STOCK TO BE INTRODUCED WILL BE MODERN, LIGHTWEIGHT, ELECTRICALLY POWERED, AND CAPABLE OF HIGH ACCELERATION. THE GOVERNMENT IS TO GIVE A 75% GRANT TOWARDS THE CAPITAL COSTS OF THE PROJECT. /TRRL/

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  • Accession Number: 00242747
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1981 12:00AM