Granville Island was once a large industrial site, serviced with rail and when Granville Island was commercialized in the 1970’s the tracks were left in situ, with a promise of a (at the time) funky horse drawn tram. The tram service did not materialize, but the tracks and switches remain. With very little capital outlay, compared with other transit projects on the drawing board, it is not beyond imagination for a local Parry People Mover tram service to operate on the island, which would be a great benefit for island mobility and tourist fun , as well it does rain in Vancouver and having a tram service would be a benefit.
The Parry people Mover is powered by a flywheel energy storage, allowing electric tramway systems without overhead wires and railcars powered by small prime movers running on gas, diesel or hydrogen – all with very high energy efficiency and very low emissions of pollutants and noise. This allows for small vehicles to operate in locals where larger, more expensive rail vehicles cannot.
What the Parry People Mover does show, is that there is a light rail solution for almost every transportation need and maybe the powers that be should investigate a PPM tram service for Granville Island.
The “brilliant tram-style service” connecting Stourbridge Town and Stourbridge Junction won praise last week from Transport Secretary Lord Adonis.
During a pre-election political visit to Stourbridge on 13 April, Lord Adonis undertook a personal inspection of the new light-weight railcar service which operates under the London Midland rail franchise. He also visited the maintenance depot.
He was full of praise for what had been achieved by the local engineers who had designed and built the railcars, JPM Parry & Associates of Cradley Heath.
Lord Adonis told reporters that the Parry People Movers railcars – which have been running since May 2009 – could offer new opportunities for the UK transport authorities and also had good export potential.
He took a return trip on the branch line on board one of the railcars and was given evidence of the operation’s environmental, engineering and service achievements.
The Parry People Movers railcars use less than one-third of the fuel required by the former heavy railcars and give similar reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.
They are providing Stourbridge Town with its best-ever rail service – a 50 per cent increase in frequency on weekdays and Saturdays with a regular 10-minute interval service in each direction, where previously it ran at irregular intervals around four times per hour.
They give a journey time two to three times quicker than the bus using local roads.
They have reduced the cost of the branch line operation to less than half that incurred running conventional heavy rolling stock.
The railcars are low noise, low emission and provide good access for passengers in wheelchairs, or with luggage and buggies, by having a floor height level with the station platform.
They have equalled the highest performance elsewhere on the rail network, operating over 99.5 per cent of scheduled services in intense shuttle operation.
Lord Adonis was told similar light-weight railcars had potential for expanding the railway – introducing new services on lines not currently open to passengers.
John Parry, chairman of the company which makes the railcars, said: “We are delighted that the Secretary of State has shown such interest in our light-weight railcars in their first full-service operation.
“We hope that he and his opposite numbers in other parties will see how the combined economic and environmental benefits of this technology could bring about a new era for local rail services, bringing attractive transport links to many more communities and providing them with easy access to mainline trains so more people can move from road to rail transport.”
Parry People Movers Ltd was founded in 1991 to develop rail transport based on the flywheel energy store, which allows vehicles to run extremely efficiently and to recapture their braking energy for re-use when accelerating.
PPML’s rail vehicles offer the quality of modern light rail transport without the need for electrical power supply, giving excellent environmental performance and energy efficiency at lower costs than conventional technology.
PPML technology can be used on both railways and on urban tramways.
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