How good it was to se the merits of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) being openly discussed in a recent letters page (NCE 13/20 April).
BRT offers service and reliability levels akin to those of LRT. The difference being that the former delivers at a fraction of the cost and in a much shorter timescale than is typical for a tracked system.
By definition passenger transport must be available when and where people need it to be successful.
Trams are xed to expensive track routes decided well in advance, whilst buses can be routed and re-routed much more exibly. Bus-based services, as a result, can be easily phased to match new build-out patterns so developing patronage as new communities develop.
Some excellent examples of BRT now exist in the UK (Coventry Primelines and Kent Fastrack to name two that I know well), which demonstrate best practice in delivering high quality services to stimulate sustainable growth.
DJ Green, Jacobs UK, Miller House, Lower Stone Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6GB