This paper relates the history of the consideration of light rail transit (LRT) by Strathclyde Regional Council Passenger Transport Executive (PTE). In 1979, when the case for LRT began to be recognised officially, the PTE was unwilling to consider LRT due to lack of funds for investment in public transport. In 1987, the PTE carried out a further review, and recommended: (1) a comprehensive study of the potential for investment in LRT and the resulting effects; (2) the use of existing lines and road beds for part of the system; and (3) investment in LRT only if it is shown to be cost-effective in the longer-term development of public transport in Strathclyde. In 1988, a two-year study was begun of the whole range of public transport options for Strathclyde. In April 1989, the PTE published "Public Transport in Strathclyde Region - The Way Ahead - Issues and Options for Assessment" as an information booklet inviting comment on its contents. Initial conclusions were stated in the PTE's consultation report "Public Transport for the 21st Century", presenting three possible rail strategies. 60% of the respondents to its questionnaire preferred the third strategy, incorporating a partially segregated light rail metro. A modified version of this became the PTE's preferred strategy, which was approved by Strathclyde Regional Council in April 1990. LRT services are unlikely to be running before about 1998, because the necessary preparations will take many years. (TRRL) (Author/TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ian Allan, Limited

    Coombelands House, Addlestone
    Weybridge, Sutton KT15 0HY,   England 
  • Authors:
    • WILSON, J S
  • Publication Date: 1990-9


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00623722
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1992 12:00AM