It is envisaged that mutliple stopping points along the route of the tram will connect with other local sustainable transport options. New solar and small wind-turbine electricity generation at several sites along the route (including energy storage modules). Electric change points (V2G) and scalable energy storage modules for Trams will be located at locations along the route. Park and Ride will be encouraged for local residents and commuters who choose to start their journeys in their own vehicles with added incentives for EV customers who can make use of EV charging points.
Electric cycles and conventional cycles (docked) will be provided at all connected stations and a number of Tram Stopping points.
This proposal to re-purpose the (in-tact) Guildford to Cranleigh rail-bed has been presented to Surrey County Council and politely turned down.
There is little appetite to revisit proposals where the business-cases have looked too weak in the past. No consideration has been given to the validity or the relevance of these out-of-date business-cases, regardless of the Council’s 2050 aspirations.
If you’d like to read a bit more about this opportunity, there is a slide pack available which includes summary of a recent study in Leeds, example / case study of a similar project in Nottingham and outline work-break-down and plan. Please contact me and leave your details, I’d be happy to share it with you.
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(*)Footnote (Dr Beeching reference)
“First, the industry must be of a size and pattern suited to modern conditions and prospects. In particular, the railway system must be modelled to meet current needs, and the modernisation plan must be adapted to this new shape”
This is the opening sentence of the infamous document titles ‘The Reshaping of British Railways’. Regarded by most as the catalyst for the destruction of 4500 miles of railway track in the UK during the 60’s, along with closure of 2,128 railway stations and loss of more than 67,000 jobs. Dr Richard Beeching, the author, had been commissioned by the British Government to produce this report, with a clear brief to come up with a plan to turn the failing railway industry around.
This was the outcome, 50 years later: