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Old December 12th, 2014, 10:29 PM   #121
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A glimpse into the future of rail travel in the Midlands
December 9, 2014 7:13 am


A bright future – the new terminal will feature a three-storey research centre which will help to put Dudley on the railway map


The platform and an exterior shot of the centre

Innovative by design and ground-breaking by technology - this is what the first Very Light Rail station in the Black Country will look like

A group of passengers gather to board a light rail train while testing is carried out on trains of the future inside a three-storey research centre at the site.

The large centre will feature offices, meeting rooms, track area and a top-floor museum for visitors interested in the new type of rail system which will be rolled out across the country.

Very light rail is a different transport system from trains and trams. It is powered by electricity, but does not require overhanging power lines.

These images show what the reopened Dudley railway station, rail service to Dudley Port railway station and very light rail innovation centre will look like

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Old December 14th, 2014, 07:54 AM   #122
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Very light rail is a different transport system from trains and trams. It is powered by electricity, but does not require overhanging power lines.
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Old May 18th, 2015, 01:57 PM   #123
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nice pics and post
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Old May 18th, 2015, 03:52 PM   #124
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nice pics and post
I hope it is more than someone re-inventing the wheel, or worse still making a Pacer tram.
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Old June 6th, 2015, 07:24 PM   #125
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From Get Reading:

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Reading Buses sets new world record for fastest bus
15:02, 20 MAY 2015



The bus clocked more than 80 miles an hour on the track at Millbrook, near Bedford

The wheels on this bus really do go round and round, at a world record breaking speed.

This Reading Buses bus is officially the fastest bus in the world as it made history by reaching a top speed of 80.73 miles an hour.

This, of course, wasn’t done of the roads of Reading, but on the circular track at Millbrook, just outside Bedford.

The bus, which runs off Biomethane Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), also maintained an average speed of 76.765mph

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Old November 3rd, 2015, 03:05 PM   #126
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New tram atlas of UK's & Ireland's Subways and Light Rail systems has published:
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Old February 8th, 2016, 06:39 PM   #127
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From Global Rail News:

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Is light rail the answer for the Island Line?
8 FEB, 2016



Replacing the Isle of Wight’s Island Line railway with a cheaper light rail system is one option which has been put forward in a new report.

The report, which has been submitted to the Department for Transport by the Isle of Wight Council, points out that a tram network would offer lower operating costs than the current Island Line, which requires “significant investment” in its rolling stock and infrastructure.

The council sought the view of various local stakeholders to create the report, which was submitted as the council’s response to the DfT’s South Western franchise consultation

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Old February 9th, 2016, 03:01 PM   #128
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Out of curiosity, are there any proposals or ongoing attempts to resurrect any of the stillborn tram projects in Bristol, Leeds, Portsmouth - Southampton, Derby, and elsewhere? Any potential new schemes in the works that might actually gain traction, other than Cardiff? It seems very difficult to get a decent public transport system up and running in the UK, and there are plenty of cities large enough to support them. I'd be interested in knowing what's going on.
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Old February 9th, 2016, 08:47 PM   #129
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British cities outside London have a dire lack of funding for transport projects, let alone the ability to simply decide what transport system to adopt.

I guess the situation is not going to change, i.e. no new tram systems, but many many many buses. They love buses.
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Old February 21st, 2016, 05:22 PM   #130
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Stagecoach South West has launched the South West Falcon - the first dedicated 24/7 coach service connecting major locations across the South West. The ‘round-the-clock’ service started on Sunday 14 February (3.30am departure from Plymouth and 7am departure from Bristol) and is operating 19 journeys a day, 7 days a week between Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol Airport and Bristol City Centre, allowing passengers to travel to their chosen destinations both day and night.

To celebrate the launch of Falcon, for a fortnight all journeys will cost just £1 (14-27 February).

From the end of February, standard fares will apply, offering a cost effective alternative to the train. These include £5 return journeys anywhere along the route for under 25s and concessionary pass holders and adult returns from just £7.50. All return fares are valid for up to 28 days. Weekly and monthly ticket options for regular commuters are also available, with prices starting from only £20 a week.

The eight new coaches represent a £2.5 million investment by Stagecoach. All feature free Wi-Fi as well as air conditioning, reclining leather seats and charging sockets.

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Falcon connects Plymouth, Exeter, Cullompton, Taunton, Bristol International Airport and Bristol city centre, with the frequent service running through the week and at weekends, day and night. The timetable has been designed for commuters, leisure and airport travellers, with an hourly service from early morning to late evening, and services through the night too, ensuring 19 departures every 24 hours.

Holidaymakers and business travellers will enjoy a frequent service to and from Exeter, Plymouth and Bristol Airport, with the journey between Plymouth and the airport taking just over 3 hours and from Exeter to the airport taking 1 hour, 45 minutes. There will be direct drop-off at the departures terminal.

As well as Bretonside Bus Station in Plymouth, there are stops at Laira flyover, Marley Head and Drumbridges roundabout. The two Exeter stops are opposite the park and rides at Sowton, Sandygate, and Honiton Road, by the Barn Owl. There is also a stop by The Weary Traveller at Junction 28 of the M5, Cullompton.
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Falcon Inside B 120216 by Adrian Roberts, on Flickr

There have been early rumours about this service (should it be a success) that it will join up with the Bristol -> Gloucester 'Belles' service, currently run by another Stagecoach subsidiary.
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Vote: Would you like to see trams link Gloucester City Centre and Gloucester Quays?



Trams could be the latest solution to the issue of connecting the city centre with Gloucester Quays[...]
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Trams for Derby's Market Place - and BENEATH Intu?

Derby could get a tram running into the Market Place and UNDER the Intu centre, it has been proposed[...]
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Trams could run from Bristol Airport to city centre - but will it happen this time?

Trams could run out of Bristol Airport to the city centre as part of plans to improve transport links on a busy commuter route[...]
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Light-Rail Advocates Are Making Their Case in Leeds

Leeds Goes Back to Drawing Board for Transit Improvements
Light-rail advocates in Leeds, England, are dusting off arguments in favor of rail as the way forward for the city’s transit system[...]
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