Fastlink isn't a guided busway. It's just a set of dedicated corridors with specialised vehicles. Drivers would still need to steer the vehicles, even on the dedicated corridors.Once it's open as a guided busway
then after another reply asking for clarification...Clyde Fastlink® as originally conceived was granted planning permission in 2006 for a route from Central Station to the Glasgow Harbour development site. Unfortunately, application to the Scottish Government for funding for the project was unsuccessful and at the time the Scottish Government suggested that the scheme should be funded regionally through Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. In order to qualify for such funding the scheme needs to satisfy regional transport objectives and cross council boundaries. To that end we are currently working on a feasibility study for an expanded route taking in Pacific Quay, Govan, Braehead, Clydebank and The Southern General and Golden Jubilee Hospitals. This work is due to report in Spring this year. I would presume the website will be updated to reflect the outcome of the current study.
The status could have changed since I asked.Effectively, yes it has been mothballed.
I'm not meaning that though - I'm talking about the fact that we can now build electrically run buses that do not require on-road infrastructure.Well, if you want to use electric buses on a dedicated right of way, once you build all the roadway, cables (if you're talking trolleybus), level floor boarding stations etc, you're really not short of the infrastructure required to build a tram network. But really, when you're talking about infrastructure designed to be there for at least a century, I think you can discount the embodied energy argument.
I've heard those arguments before, and while I agree with them partly, I'm yet to see any hard evidence supporting them. The holiday reference is probably true, but it's a bit of a red herring, as I'm likely to be visiting the most obvious and popular places in a given city; seeing the famous sights, etc. It doesn't really say anything in favour of the trams when it comes to local people making the less glamerous journeys across their city that we all have to do..But there are real advantages to trams over buses. People who wouldn't use buses are more likely to use trams. This isn't just true for locals; think of last time you were on holiday in a city with a light rail network. I'll hazard a guess that you used the trams, and didn't use a bus unless you really needed to. Trams promote urban development in a way that other forms of transport just don't do (obviously something we'd like to promote along the Clyde.) And of course even a two car tramset has a much higher carrying capacity than any bus, which makes trams ideal for major high capacity corridors.
Along Lancefield Quay it won't even be glorified, its going to run on the street.My mistake. I thought it was a guided busway. So it is just a glorified bus lane then?