RAILWAYS - A SUITABLE CASE FOR CONVERSION?

A brief summary is given of a study carried out to investigate the costs and benefits of converting six eastern region British rail lines (3 rural, 2 urban and 1 mainline) to roads. The authors, E. Smith and professor P. Hall, envisage a new road between Liverpool street and Brentwood, built to motorway standards, to cater for the traffic from the main railway line. Express buses, one every 10 seconds at 80 kph, would run to a bus station at Liverpool street; the use of this road by private vehicles, if permitted, would be limited. The return on investment for the six schemes ranged from 30 per cent on one rural line to infinity (because no net investment was needed) where a substantial amount of the line was through London. Savings in running costs and benefits to private vehicles from the six lines would total some 30 million British Pounds yearly. An even greater 'saving' is attributed to the benefit to private vehicles which would ensure from the building of six new roads. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    IPC Building and Contract Journals Limited

    32 Southwark Bridge Road
    London SE1 9EX,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1976-2-6

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  • Accession Number: 00134314
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Limited
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1976 12:00AM