The author reviews the report on 'Capital investment in London's Railways' prepared by Colin Buchanan and Partners for the London Planning Advisory Committee and finds a new approach to evaluating the opportunities for light rail based exclusively on street-based routes. The case for and against light rail is first summarised and the Croydon project mentioned. This found that for Croydon, buses, minibuses, bus priority and busways would be a more cost-effective solution. In considering the whole of London the report starts with the premise that light rail needs a traffic flow of at least 3000 passengers per peak hour in each direction. Using 1985 peak bus flows and allowing for a 50% traffic gain, roads with over 40 buses per hour and individual routes with more than 15 buses per hour were identified and entered on a map. The resulting network suggested an 80 km tramway system which the author found to be very similar to the 1905 tramway plan. The report lists 10 tram routes which would replace 25 bus routes at a total cost of 300 million. Light rail operating costs are reported to be 1.25 per km compared with 1.48 for buses. Brief details are also given of suggestions made by the report for heavy rail and rapid transit. (TRRL) (Author/TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ian Allan, Limited

    Coombelands House, Addlestone
    Weybridge, Sutton KT15 0HY,   England 
  • Authors:
    • WYSE, W J
  • Publication Date: 1989-9


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00623759
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1992 12:00AM