Ensure that any new rail (or tram) developments reduce disruption to an absolute minimum
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Having noticed that their is a petition pending for a Tawlink tram feasibility study, I would ask that the following be taken into account, based on the tram development experiences on Beeston, Nottingham (and quite possibly Edinburgh)
A number of tram development project have been completed with various levels of success. Sadly, some of the later projects (Nottingham Line 2 and Edinburgh) do not seem to have learned some of the key lessons of previous, and more successful projects.
Furthermore, no firm evidence exists that any major transport development will definitely reduce congestion on the roads. Arguably, the Nottingham Line 2 development has resulted in a positive increase in congestion between Beeston and Nottingham. Congested traffic systems are chaotic by nature, and approaching these systems with a causal logical approach is foolish in the extreme. Key points are as below:
1. Ensure that any disruption to existing transport and utility infrastructure is reduced to an absolute minimum
As a result of the tram development in Beeston, Nottingham, must time and money was expended moving old Victorian waste and surface water system that had worked perfectly well for many decades. Not only did this cause massive traffic disruption over an extended period of time, it also has arguably reduced the overall capacity for waste water removal, and has resulted in the flooding of areas that have never been flooded before.
Additionally, the combining of track and tarmac needs to be reduced to an absolute minimum. Metal rails, when wet, introduce a hazard to cars, a danger to motorcyclists, and are downright lethal to cyclists. [Van and buses with non standard axle widths are relatively unaffected]
Finally, be particularly sensitive to any developments that incur onto private properties and homes. It is relatively unjust to place a tram route down a road with resident who have specifically bought for its quiet nature.
2. Ensure that the route for any tracked vehicle is as straight and direct as possible, with as few and as shallow bends as feasibly possible
This is such an obvious statement that really should not need stating .... were it not for the fact that the Nottingham (Line 1) route has the tightest turn for any tram in Europe, a fact that seems to be, perversely, celebrated by some. Although the tram route from Beeston to Nottingham 2 or 3 straight sections of any significant length, this is, sadly, the exception, rather than the rule.
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