The study, commissioned by the Transport and Road Research Laboratory, investigated the role of the Dunlop 'Speedaway' high-speed passenger conveyor as a public transport system in the U.K. A limited number of attitudinal and behavioural surveys were undertaken to provide a basis for the development of a short-distance travel model. The physical characteristics, performance and costs of 'speedaway' were examined in comparison with other modes to determine its broad potential. This work suggested that 'speedaway' was suited as a high-capacity, point-to-point facility for distances up to about one kilometre, thus more likely to be in competion with walk and low-speed conveyors. The study considered a range of locations for the application of 'speedaway' which led to the selection of four case-studies for sketch design and evaluation. In three of the case-studies the quantifiable benefits from 'speedaway' matched the capital expenditure, but provided a low rate-of-return: in the fourth example 'speedaway' generated land-use benefits, which overshadowed any possible travel benefits. The study concluded that the application of 'speedaway' in urban situations would be limited by the requirement for a straight alignment and the severance and visual effects. Furthermore, if 'speedaway' is to rely on travel benefits for its economic viability, it will require a very high level of demand, normally associated with high-activity land uses. (A) /TRRL/

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    Printerhall Limited

    29 Newmart Street
    London W1P 3PE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Megas, I
    • Pickering, D
  • Publication Date: 1977-2


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  • Accession Number: 00153944
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM