Study concludes there is demand for a light rail system in Bath

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An aerial view of the city of Bath. Photo: Nigel Jarvis / Shutterstock.com.
An aerial view of the city of Bath. Photo: Nigel Jarvis / Shutterstock.com.

Plans to bring a light rail system to the historic city of Bath, UK, have taken a step closer after it received backing from a preliminary study.

The study was produced by consultants Atkins and followed suggestions from the public to look at the potential for a new tram system, according to Bath and North East Somerset council.

Council leader Tim Warren has stressed that it is only a preliminary study.

He added: “We all know the need to tackle congestion and improve transport is a major issue in Bath and we have to consider every option which could form part of a wider transport strategy for future generations.”


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The study has also identified four key corridors where more detailed analysis would be required – including costings and impacts on other traffic movements – before a decision can be made on whether or not a light rail system is feasible.

These are: the A367 Odd Down; the A4/A36 Newbridge; Lansdown and the A4 from the Lambridge area.

The council added that there would be a need to be detailed work around operating costs, passenger forecasting, construction costs and the wider economic benefits of a light rail system.


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