Trams must be in mass tran­sit mix

Bath Chronicle - - OPINION -

Sir David King, the for­mer Gov­ern­ment chief sci­en­tist, stated on Ra­dio 4, on Fe­bru­ary 9, that all in­ter­nal com­bus­tion engines, diesel and petrol, should be phased out, from towns and cities, in less than ten years be­cause we are poi­son­ing our chil­dren. This, of course, means elec­tric propul­sion. Elec­tric cars, elec­tric bikes, bat­tery-pow­ered buses and lor­ries. But the mass mover of peo­ple will have to be trams. How else are we go­ing to get large num­bers of peo­ple to work in Bath from Chip­pen­ham, Trow­bridge, Brad­ford on Avon, Rad­stock etc. Re­fer­ring to your head­line, on Novem­ber 22 – “Trams in Bath? it won’t hap­pen in my life time”, it gives the wrong im­pres­sion. Sir Pe­ter Hendy said “The idea that it can be done without pub­lic fund­ing, I’m afraid is non­sense”. My sug­ges­tion is that we should per­suade the two knights to get to­gether for a chat. If Sir David can change his mind about diesel ve­hi­cles, as he says in the broad­cast, it might be pos­si­ble for Sir Pe­ter (a ded­i­cated bus man) to change his mind about trams. Of course busses will be in the mix, but trams are the only ve­hi­cles that can per­form ma­jor mass tran­sit of pas­sen­gers, with zero emis­sions. David Lu­cas

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