A new tram network for Bristol: a possible scenario?

Hamish Pollock-Fraser, Peter Christopher, Chris Kenedy, Thomas Webster, Paul J Vardanega, Anders F Johansson

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Some UK cities have seen the successful reintroduction of trams to complement and improve public transport services. This paper investigates the impact a hypothetical tramline would have in Bristol. This study was conducted in light of proposals for a bus rapid transit (BRT) network in Bristol. The literature review undertaken concludes that while BRT systems tend to have lower capital costs, a tram system could also be considered. At near-capacity operation, trams may be more effective in encouraging a modal shift away from travelling by car. Evidence from a preliminary simulation model, which was built to evaluate the demand a hypothetical tramline from the airport to the city centre would attract, suggests that a tram would encourage users to switch to public transport. Suggestions for further work for model refinement coupled with better understanding system impacts of the proposed tram system are included.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-30
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the ICE - Municipal Engineer
Issue number1
Early online date30 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Infrastructure planning
  • Transport planning
  • Traffic engineering


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