UK Rapid Transit Systems

It is generally acknowledged that rapid transit systems have a key role to play in the future of local public transport. Light rail, street tramway and bus-based systems can all provide a significant step change in public transport provision. When they work well, they can win passengers from the private car, aid economic regeneration and provide improved access.

The UK now has seven operating modern rapid transit systems. How are they doing? What lessons can be learned from the existing systems?  How do authorities and promoters go about planning a scheme?  What criteria will the Government use in assessing projects and applications for funding assistance? And what future is there for ‘intermediate modes’ - bus based systems that can offer many of the advantages of LRT but at lower cost?

The answers to these and many more questions can be found in the TAS's Rapid Transit Monitor project. We have been monitoring developments in rapid transit systems in the UK since 1991: more details can be found here.

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