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Models – Prams, buses and trains in more sustainable cities

Posted in Models by fedwards on April 18th, 2008

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #55, 15 April 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar, www.goingsolar.com.au/transport.

Pram Utopia in Finland
“It seems there is an utopia for public transport travelling parents with prams out there – in Tampere, Finland. Buses are equipped with a ‘pram button’ at the centre doors to alert the driver that a passenger with a pram wishes to board. Buses have enough space for two large prams (not ‘umbrella’ strollers) to be parked for the journey. Anyone accompanying a tram and using the centre doors can travel for free — the bus company recognising that it is not acceptable for a carer to leave an infant and negotiate their way to the front of the vehicle to purchase a ticket. All children under 7 years travel for free anyway.”
Ref: Bryony Cooper, The Flyer, PBAI Aust, Mar 08

Ultra Light Rail in the UK
“With Parry People Movers vehicles set to take over the Stourbridge Junction-Stourbridge Town branch from December 2008, interest has revived in whether this truly lightweight and efficient vehicle can restore passenger services over relatively short distances, thereby lowering the cost of operations whilst at the same time providing an appropriate quality service. According to Parry People Movers itself, this could be the solution to providing regular passenger services on lines which currently carry very few passenger trains, or only the very occasional freight, or even ‘heritage’ lines which do not operate daily but which usefully could if an economic, light rail solution (but not an intensive fully-fledged, urban-type tram operation) could step into the breach. The entry of Parry People Movers into the national franchised rail operation is significant. The two PPM 60 railcars … will reduce considerably the daily cost of operating and maintaining the short branch and release a Class 153 for London Midland to use elsewhere.”
Ref: Today’s Railways UK, March 2008

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