It seems TramTrains are on the menu for Wales as the Welsh Government looks at introducing tram and TramTrain operation in local cities. There are still several minor rail lines that service the Welsh Valleys, that were once formed a much larger network from the coal mining days and scores more of abandoned rail routes that could be relaid for TramTrain operation. It seems that the Welsh government is thinking much further ahead in planning for new transit compared to the English ‘Home’ government in London. It seems, in an age of global warming and ‘peak oil, the British bureaucracy, like the bureaucracy here in BC, are still planning for rubber on asphalt transportation with bigger mega-highways and treat rail transport as ‘yesterday’s‘ transit.
From the Light Rail Transit Association
Trams for Wales? :
A report ‘Future railway infrastructure in Wales’ has been published by the Enterprise and Learning Committee of the National Assembly for Wales.
The report which looks at the overall rail system in Wales recommends that the Welsh Government should work with relevant partners to commission feasibility studies for developing light rail networks in the main urban areas of Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, which should include consideration of how to integrate such systems with existing heavy rail infrastructure, the emphasis is therefore on the use of TramTrains in order to make fuller use of the existing rail system without jeopardising its continuing use for freight movements.
The report is available at www.assemblywales.org