The author discusses the "supertram" network at Tyneside and what it will involve. The decision to adopt a rapid transit system is considered feasible due to the combination of traffic congestion and government aid. The track will require a bridge across the river Tyne, tunnelling beneath the city centre and some re-alignment of part of the track already present from the river route towards the city. The cost of the phases of work is quoted. An overhead electrification system was selected because of greater safety. The 2-track Tyne road bridge will soon go out to Tender; the bridge is a through truss design connecting directly with a tunnel at the cliff face. A viaduct is also used and a test track is under construction. The electronically operated "Supertram" was chosen for its quietness and freedom from fumes; the train will run directly to shopping areas, hospitals and schools. Buses are expected to be used to transport people to the rapid transit systems and interchanges for public and private transport. /TRRL/

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    IPC Building and Contract Journals Limited

    32 Southwark Bridge Road
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  • Authors:
    • Atkinson, I
  • Publication Date: 1975-6-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 28-29
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 265
    • Issue Number: 4996
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-7859

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00128148
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 19 1981 12:00AM