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Old October 12th, 2007, 09:44 PM   #101
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There's an interesting hybrid bus/tram system that could work in Leicester on this website below, where essentially a tram with tyres travels along a single track in the centre, thus freeing up more space:

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Old October 13th, 2007, 12:39 PM   #102
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I'd like to see the area inside the inner ring road semi pedestrianised with only service and emergency vehicles allowed access between 8 am and 6 pm, Residents with cars might be a problem, but not an insurmountable one.

To achieve this I'd want new multi-storey carparks placed at strategic points around the IRR. There's already one being built as part of Highcross; but Colton Sq/London Road would be another obvious choice. Also, maybe, there could be one on St George's Way where the mini strip mall (Office World and Maplins) currently is to serve the cultural quarter. That would have the bonus effect of enabling the council to sanction replacing the current MSCP near the PAC with something more in keeping with their vision for the area.

A new local and county bus interchange, possibly as part of an expanded St Margarets, could also be a good idea. Having all the services start and terminate in one locale would bring order to the current chaotic system.

I'd still try to include the trolley bus service as part of this, though. Perhaps travelling up the middle of the road (as RS06 suggests) for the cross city service (lower Charles Street to Belgrave Gate North). The newly vacated road space could then be used for widened pavements.
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Old October 13th, 2007, 04:48 PM   #103
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the outer ring road should become the inner ring road and somehow get rid of the existing ring road by building parking spaces for business outside the ring road freeing up a lot of needless traffic, cos town aint that big, fat buisiness people can learn to walk the 100 meteres or so from the new asthetically pleasing car parks to there place of work
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Old October 13th, 2007, 04:56 PM   #104
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It's a bit further than a hundred metres from the outer ring road to the city centre
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Old October 13th, 2007, 06:18 PM   #105
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There's an interesting hybrid bus/tram system that could work in Leicester on this website below, where essentially a tram with tyres travels along a single track in the centre, thus freeing up more space:

http://citytransport.info/FrameOBahn.htm
They've got some of these in place in the UK. Crawley has one in place, off the top of my head.
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Old October 13th, 2007, 08:48 PM   #106
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Could it be a real possibility for Leicester do you think???
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Old October 19th, 2007, 10:59 PM   #107
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New city council traffic upadate website, with webcams:

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Old October 20th, 2007, 12:55 PM   #108
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What benefit would a system like this have for Leicester though, as there is no real room on the roads to accomodate extra lanes like this as i presume cars cant drive down them. Surely it would be better spending the money, on improving the roads, improving the bus services and investing in opening more park and rides plus opening the Ivanhoe line. Has anyone seen some of the older maps of Leicester (about ten years old) which include many local stations along that line within Leicester. The only major public transport scheme which would improve the situation in Leicester would be to take the buses of the road and invest in a monorail system. However this is very, Very unlikely.
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Why aren't the boffins at Leicester U busy working on the flying car? That'd solve our transport problems.
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Old October 20th, 2007, 03:53 PM   #111
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What benefit would a system like this have for Leicester though, as there is no real room on the roads to accomodate extra lanes like this as i presume cars cant drive down them. Surely it would be better spending the money, on improving the roads, improving the bus services and investing in opening more park and rides plus opening the Ivanhoe line. Has anyone seen some of the older maps of Leicester (about ten years old) which include many local stations along that line within Leicester. The only major public transport scheme which would improve the situation in Leicester would be to take the buses of the road and invest in a monorail system. However this is very, Very unlikely.
The GLT (see link below) system takes up less space on the road (i.e only 1 track) and if the need be can be driven like a normal bus, i.e. to avoid accidenst or other obstacles:

http://www.citytransport.info/Buses03.htm#GLT
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So would it not be cheaper to have electric powered busses (from overhead lines)- to reduce pollution if thats what you believe in, and just drive them like normal busses on the road?
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Could be. It's just there are other options available. Its the 'trolley bus' image that people are worried about, personally I don't really mind. I don't know why this country finds it really difficult to integrate different modes of transport together as in Europe-privatisation?
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Old October 20th, 2007, 04:07 PM   #114
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True, i just cant see what the benefit of having a tram like system would be, especially with the lack of railway lines in the city centre. Perhaps Danz will be abe to answer my next question; Do more people travel on the Tram services than the Busses they replaced?
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Abit of a long shot, but could a track not be constructed alongside the mainline one that goes to Birmingham (part way along Hinckley Road) and then can become a 'trolley' bus from then on to the city centre. The track bit could quicken the time to get to the city, from say Meynell's Gorse or M1 Junction 21?
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Old October 20th, 2007, 11:26 PM   #116
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From the Bowling alley thread to continue discussion here:

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I agree with having a 'one ticket for all' approach. That would be very attractive to both locals and visitors alike, you could use it on Arriva, First, Centrebus, etc.

I suppose that's too much to ask.
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Would it really be that much to arrange? Just get the bus operators to sit around a table and agree that each takes a % of the profits from a joint ticket, in line with the amount of passengers they carry as a % of the overall amount.
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In theory it seems a good idea. However, I think that these companies are only out there to make money for themselves.
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In theory it seems a good idea. However, I think that these companies are only out there to make money for themselves.
True but surely the Council who "should" have our interests at its centre be able to force them to do something about this.
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Old October 20th, 2007, 11:34 PM   #120
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The key word is 'should'. The council is dragging its feet again with regards to what is needed for Leicester to prosper in terms of future developments/ideas. I mean if it's short of ideas, why not check out this forum.
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