HIGH-SPEED TRANSPORT. ARE WE ON THE RIGHT LINES?

THE AUTHOR ARGUES THAT TRAIN SERVICES ARE TOO SLOW FOR PASSENGERS TRAVELLING BETWEEN ANYTHING OTHER THAN MAJOR STATIONS. INTEGRATION OF FAST AND SLOW SERVICES IS SUGGESTED, SUCH THAT PASSENGERS COULD SWITCH BETWEEN THEM. THIS COULD BE ACHIEVED USING LOOP LINES AT STATIONS OR BY DYNAMIC INTERCHANGE, WHICH USES CENTRALISED CONTROL OF TRAIN MOVEMENTS TO BRING TWO TRAINS ALONGSIDE WHILST IN MOTION, ALLOWING PEOPLE TO TRANSFER THROUGH RETRACTABLE GANGWAYS. FAST TRAINS WOULD THEN NEED TO STOP MUCH LESS OFTEN, MAKING OPERATION MORE ECONOMIC. PROBLEMS OF CO-ORDINATION OF SERVICES WOULD EXIST. USING ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY TRAINS WITH THIS SYSTEM COULD JUSTIFY A BIGGER NETWORK THAN WOULD OTHERWISE BE POSSIBLE, WITH SUCH VEHICLES. CERTAIN RE-DESIGNS OF THE TRACKED AIR CUSHION VEHICLES ARE ALSO THOUGHT TO BE FEASIBLE, WHICH WOULD THEN ALLOW THE USE OF EXISTING TRACK, WHICH HAS BEEN SLIGHTLY MODIFIED.

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    Institute of Elect Engrs, Publishing Department

    P.O. Box 8, Southgate House
    Stevenage S91 1HG, Heartshire,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Hollingberg, P L
  • Publication Date: 1973-10-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 420-422
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00080585
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1981 12:00AM