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SMART SOLUTIONS FOR SHORT CONNECTIONS

Welcome to the professional forum for those seeking innovative solutions to short distance transport challenges. Technology is now offering a range of smart ways to provide for the key links that complete connections to and from the main transport system and make access possible to new and existing developments that would otherwise be hard to plug into their neighbourhoods.

In this forum we post information about the available solutions, new ideas and concepts and practical examples of smart links at work. We welcome contributions, comment and conversations between those with knowledge and expertise to offer. We also organise discussion and seminars to share information and put professionals in touch with one another.

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FUEL FROM THE ROAD – A NEW WAY OF POWERING TRAMS, BUSES, (AND CARS TOO)



An exciting new approach to providing energy to vehicles operating in urban areas is the use of inductive electrical power transfer. Bombardier’s Primove Project has been leading the way. Peter Stonham looks at progress so far.

The concept of vehicles drawing their energy supply from electric power as they move is not new. Trains, trams and trolley buses have done it for decades. But for road vehicles to be able to pick up their fuel without a physical connection would be a radical step. It is one which Bombardier believe is possible by inductive power transfer. With thinking initially developed to give trams and buses a wire-free energy source, the concept is now being promoted as a potential energy source for all road vehicles including trucks and cars… more »

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DRIVERLESS TRANSIT COMES OF AGE

What was once an attention-grabbing piece of space-age technology is now almost commonplace. But the potential of automated transit remains to be fully exploited. Larry Fabian tells the story so far to introduce our special focus for this issue on technological development that is changing the capability and economics of both urban rail and bus service provision.

The first true public transport, and well before the buses, came the railways- short stretches of steam powered ‘iron horses’. They quickly changed the nature of communications, and the shape of cities, introducing ‘commuting’ and the separation of where people lived and worked. In the late 19th century, electric motors started to do the work in urban areas, where steam and soot were less welcome than in the countryside or around industrial areas. Eventually stretches of electrified line were put underground or on elevated structures through the city where space was at a premium. Voilà … more »

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FUTURE SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL PROBLEMS

A range of innovative concepts have been emerging to provide rail based transport solutions for areas of low demand over short distances. The fruits of both individual inventors and large companies looking for the next technology, they have featured smaller, alternatively powered vehicles capable of running on both existing and new track for journey lengths of 2kms or so…

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PEOPLE MOVERS SEEK NEW ROLES BEYOND THE AIRPORT.

Despite the prevailing economic conditions, Daventry, in Northamptonshire in England, is still hoping to find funding to become the first local
authority in Europe to implement an urbanscale automated group rapid transit (GRT) public transport service….

The £20 million scheme would see ‘turn-up-and go’ driverless electric minibuses running on specially segregated paths around the town centre.

In an application that could be replicated in hundreds of towns around the world, it would make a massive contribution to cutting over heavy car reliance in an area where conventional bus ridership is just three per cent of all journeys. At the same time, the town needs to make transport provision for substantial housing growth, with over 10,000 new homes due for delivery by 2021…

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UK TRANSPORT CATAPULT PROJECT AIMS TO SPEED UP INNOVATIONN AND INTEGRATION.

The UK Technology Strategy Board is inviting potential participants to put forward their proposals for involvement in – and the shaping of – the planned Transport Systems Catapult, one of seven dedicated technology and innovation centres recently set up by the board with £200 million government backing. The manifesto for the transport project, highlights four key areas for the “high-value, integrated, efficient and sustainable transport solutions” it wants to see being developed and commercialised more rapidly. These are: modal integration, with the emphasis on smoother links between transport modes; system performance; business models; and real-time travel information.

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