A REPORT ON THE POTENTIAL FOR THE CONVERSION OF SOME RAILWAY ROUTES IN LONDON INTO ROADS

A sample of ten rail route sections, on seven radial and orbital routes in the greater London region, was examined, all of them less heavily used than the main trunk routes. For each route an assessment was made of the financial impact on the Board of conversion, taking into account the additional costs for trains which would have to be diverted and for providing alternative transport for passengers, together with the losses in revenue from discarded rail traffic. These losses were set against railway operational and infrastructure cost savings and the projected road revenue, and the rates of return were calculated. The physical characteristics of the routes were examined. Experience elsewhere with narrow roads was studied, and special design standards were postulated. Estimates were made of potential traffic capacities. Preliminary capital cost elements were estimated for all engineering work. The physical aspects of traffic tolls - numbers of booths, site requirements and costs - were examined to ascertain whether or not direct tolling was feasible. Where it was decided that the closure of passenger services created a need for a replacement bus service, the net costs were estimated and debited to conversion. Details are given of the routes chosen and of the conclusions reached.

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    British Railways Board

    Euston Square, PO Box 100
    London NW1 2Dz,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Posner, M
    • PARKER, G B
    • Sherman, A
    • Foster, C
  • Publication Date: 1984-3

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 58 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00387861
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-7003-0047-3
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM