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Bristol opts for green tram system

Plans have been put forward by a consortium to create a new eco-tram system to run between Temple Meads and Ashton Meadows stations in Bristol. If the plans are given the go ahead, the route will start at a new ‘park & ride’ site built on a brown field site at Ashton Meadows. It will then go along Cumberland Road, past the M-Shed museum on the Harbourside and end at the Temple Meads station.

The team behind the scheme are the Sustraco Tram Consortium, and they claim it is a pioneering system in the history of transport. This is due to the fact that it will run on Biomethane Gas and not electricity. The West of England Partnership now has to decide whether to put these plans forward for Government funding or go with the bendy-bus scheme.

They will both use similar routes and there are many backing the tram. They are in favour of the green benefits and also the fact it will be able to run on existing track lines without the need to lay new ones. The residents who live along the proposed route are also said to favour the plans for the tram.

The spokesperson for the residents group ‘Trams for Bristol’, Pip Sheard, said that the people of Bristol have wanted a tram for many years. She also said that the plans had been rejected by the last government due to the cost involved, but whereas electrified trams would cost about £12-15m per km, the whole route for this tram would only cost £12m.




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