GOING OFF THE RAILS?

This article investigates why plans for an improved public transport system in Leeds were unable to progress during 1989. West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority had plans for light rail, Leeds City Council wanted the automated rubber-tyred Briway people-mover system, and the Yorkshire Rider bus company proposed guided buses. In an attempt to resolve this situation of conflicting proposals, a joint Passenger Transport Executive/Leeds City Council working group was set up. Instead of examining routes, it is looking at the transport needs for Leeds as a whole, with a range of solutions which may vary from area to area. It aims to produce clear proposals by the beginning of 1991, for public consultation, and to submit a Bill to the British Parliament in November 1991. Light rail will remain a strong option, because of low cost, adaptability and proven technology. The Briway technology has not yet been proved in revenue service, although it has been tested for more than a year. Guided buses can be implemented quickly, with immediate benefits from short sections of guideway at key congestion points. The working group seeks an economically priced, politically acceptable solution to Leeds' transport problems.

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  • Authors:
    • YEARSLEY, I
  • Publication Date: 1990-1-18

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 14-18
  • Serial:
    • SURVEYOR
    • Volume: 173
    • Issue Number: 5078
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00606709
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM