This article describes the development of a high-quality public transport bus system, Fastway, in an urban area in south-east England. The buses travel in dedicated lanes and in specially constructed guideways. The area includes a new town and a major international airport, and it is hoped that the buses will reduce car use and thereby traffic congestion. The project has included upgrading of existing road surfaces, sophisticated signalling, widening of roads to provide bus lanes, and construction of guideways using the slipform process. The guideways consist of two concrete running beams. A guidewheel on the bus runs between the upstand kerb faces, providing a smoother and faster ride. Once the system is complete it is predicted that bus journey times will be reduced by up to thirty per cent.

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    Hemming Group, Limited

    32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
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  • Publication Date: 2004-9-2


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 27-9
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    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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  • Accession Number: 00988553
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 4 2005 12:00AM