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CASE STUDY: Greenwich

Guided transport is proposed for the Greenwich peninsula. Rapid, regular bus services will help shuttle visitors to the Dome come 2000, minimising car dependency in the longer-term.

The system, currently used in the Channel Tunnel service tunnel, works on electric pulses emitted by a cable buried in the road. Vehicles use the cables to monitor their speed and position in the road and to locate stopping points. An information feedback system allows a control centre to keep track of each vehicle's progress.

To provide an effective, unbroken link between the guided system on the peninsula and existing transport routes off-site, vehicles need to be rubber-tyred. Philip Rust of consulting engineer JMP describes the guided system as 'intermediate mode' transport - with the relatively low implementation costs of a bus service and the reliability of a tram system.

Greenwich Council is also considering whether or not to commission a light rail network, providing another new transport link for the peninsula. A preferred route has already been agreed between Greenwich and developer English Partnerships and was submitted for planning approval last week. The scheme centres on the new Jubilee Line which will become a local transport interchange.

It is intended that no point in the Millennium Village, the residential- commercial development to be built on the peninsula, should be more than five minutes' walk from the nearest transport point.

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