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Sustainable tramsport in Leeds & Berlin

European perspective

Paul Wood

on 7 May 2010

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Transcript of Sustainable tramsport in Leeds & Berlin

Sustainable transport
in Leeds and Berlin Introduction Current situation
Future opportunities
Summary and conclusion Leeds Congestion in leeds Studies suggest that just a 10% reduction in the number of peak-time car trips in Leeds would reduce average journey times by 20% Car ownership has risen 34.6% over the period 1997-2007, leading to more vehicles within the highway network

The population of Leeds increased by 4.8% between 2001-06, resulting in more trips across within the city centre area Future opportunities

Leeds Since the super tram idea for Leeds was turned down in 2004, a new mass transit scheme has been devised which would take thousands of commuters off the city centre roads of Leeds. The system is designed to take people, cleanly and quickly from park and ride sites at the edge of Leeds to the City Centre and would also connect the city’s two hospitals and universities. High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes
At least 2 per car, policed by camaeras. Possibility
of utilising underused bus lanes. Current trial on A647 Reduction of long stay car parks to discourage car use. Railway refurbishment Whizz-go Free city bus Inner city one way bus route; provides a high capacity one way loop around the city centre designed to make it simple to get into, around and out of the city centre. Travel Wise Walk to school week
World environment day
National lift share day
International walk to school month
National bike week
European mobility week
Trams were widely used in UK towns and cities in the early part of the 20th century. Leeds had a tram system far more extensive than that of the proposed Leeds Supertram, which has not been built after a funding shortfall from central government. The tramway system grew apace until 1934, when it included some 476 cars travelling on 124 miles of track. Leeds lost its trams due to under investment after the Second World War took its toll Image problem of public transport in UK The bus is usually perceived as a poor quality alternative to rail based public transport modes such as light rail Bus usage is declining as a total of the numbers of passengers Modal split of journey in Leeds City Centre 2008 (at morning peak) still loads of cars Leeds, in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, is already actively trying to address the problem of traffic management and congestion in Leeds. Trolley buses run on rubber tyres like a regular bus but are powered by overhead electric wires similar to other schemes in Leon, Zurich and Rome. They would have dedicated lanes wherever possible to help congestion thereby making journeys more reliable and quicker. They would be easily accessible for wheelchairs and buggies and fully compliant with the DDA Act. Berlin Berlin is recognised as having one of the most integrated and sustainable transport systems in Europe.
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