York, Harrogate, Leeds TramTrain studyPosted on Friday 4 July 2008
York could see tram trains running through the city in the future, following the results of an initial feasibility study.
Members of City of York Council’s City Strategy Advisory Panel will be asked to support the development of tram-train technology for future rail systems for the city, at a meeting later this month (14 July).
Transport consultants were commissioned to look at the feasibility of introducing tram-trains in the Leeds City Region on routes between:
– Leeds – Harrogate – York
– Leeds – Lower Aire Valley – Five Towns
– Horsforth – Leeds Bradford International Airport (-Guiseley)
– Bradford Foster Square – Guiseley
– Five Towns – Wakefield
The study, which was partly funded by City of York Council, considered four key issues:
– current and future levels of demand on each line
– operational feasibility of tram-train services on each line
– physical feasibility and cost of conversion to tram-train on each line
– evaluation of different types of tram train and rolling stock that are currently available
The final report shows that the York-Harrogate-Leeds line would be the most suitable for the introduction of tram-train technology. The extension of tram-train lines into a number of development sites was also considered by the study, which found it to be feasible, though there are a number of operational issues that would need to be overcome first.
The study also found that a tram-train link between Leeds Bradford Airport and the Harrogate Line would be feasible.
Initial cost estimates show that:
– to create a link to the A59 Poppleton Park & Ride site would cost between £8.7 and 12.9m – (CAD $15.7m and $23.3m)
– to take a tram-train route in to York Central would cost £4.9m-£7.4m – (CAD $8.85m and $13.36m)
– to create a York City Centre Loop would cost between £4.7m-£7.2m – (CAD $10.66m and $13m)
– to link to a relocated Askham Bar Park & Ride site would cost between £5,9m – £8.9m – (CAD $10.65m and $16.07m)
– to create a link to a Park & Ride site at Copmanthorpe would cost between £3.5m and £5.3m – (CAD $6.32m to $9.57m)
The next stage of the process will be for members of the Leeds City Region to hold discussions with Northern Rail, Network Rail and the Department for Transport Rail, to find out more details about the national tram-train trial that will take place between Huddersfield and Sheffield, which is due to start in late 2010 and last a minimum of two years.
If agreed by members, the concept of creating tram-train links will be included within the overall Leeds City Region Transport Vision.
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