Post by liverpoolman1 on Mar 25, 2021 15:35:24 GMT 1
There has long been conjecture about linking LJLA to the city centre or the adjacent rail network. Cost has always been the over-riding factor and the disruption caused by the necessary infrastructure works. I came across an interesting alternative - trackless trams. In China and Australia they are experimenting with this form of transport. Google trackless trams and view the videos. It makes interesting reading. The usual disruption in providing tracks and overhead catenary is non-existent as the trams run on rubber wheels following sensors in the road. Each sensor takes two minutes to install and does not require extensive road works. The trams are battery powered as the technology in electric motive power develops. It strikes me that this is the future and Liverpool could show the way in the UK. (Before the nay sayers get to work, I say let’s look to the future.) A link from the city centre to the airport could use existing roads and, once proved successful, could, at reduced cost, be extended across the city. The video gives the usual glowing messages I know, but the principle is sound and, with the advance of battery technology looks promising. Have a look.