FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The wires will look a mess and spoil the
appearance of the historic centre of Bath
- The proposed tram routes do not go through the
most visually sensitive areas of Bath. - -
- Tram wires can remain virtually unnoticed if
they are well designed and sensitively installed. -
- Present-day traffic control has already made a
mess of the streets, trams could reduce this. - -
Trams will not be able to cope with Bath's
- The old trams ran up Broad Street which is as
steep as any hill on the new proposed routes. - -
- Trams have all wheels powered, they are not
like a railway engine with a 'dead weight' of carriages to pull. -
- Trams have magnetic brakes which clamp them to
the track in emergency. - -
Trams could never work in Bath
The streets are already too crowded
- Trams in the city centre will run in mainly
traffic-free streets. - - More?
- Much of the proposed system will be away from
the traffic. - - More?
- A tramway need only be 8 feet wide. -
- Trams attract motorists out of their cars, so
the streets will become LESS crowded.
Digging up the street to lay tracks will cause
- Yes, but it won't be for very long. Modern
track can be laid very quickly. - -
- Once it has been done, the benefits will
greatly outweigh the initial inconvenience.
Tramways are very expensive
- They are expensive in first cost, but very
cheap to run. Over their 50 year lifespan they are the cheapest
form of public transport.
- If the income is certain to exceed the debt
repayments, the actual first cost is irrelevant. -
- All road schemes are expensive. The cost of
the proposed tramway is comparable with the Batheaston Bypass and
should represent much better value for money. - -
Hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars will make trams
- Hydrogen is just another way of getting power
from the orignal fuel to the vehicle. It is unlikely to ever
become more efficient than electrical transmission and will
actually result in greater overall fuel
- Hydrogen powered cars will cause as much
congestion as petrol ones.
- There will still be a need for public
'They' will never put trams in Bath
- They won't if we don't tell people about the
benefits of trams - Join 'Trams for Bath' and help spread the
word - More?
If you have any criticisms which you feel have not
been adequately answered, please write or e-mail
them to the addresses on our contact
The more problems we can deal with at this early
stage, the better will be our chances of success.
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