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Axel Kuehn for some years had developed a good relation to London Transport, now TfL.
successful implementation of the Croydon project two further tramway
projects are under discussion: the West London and the Cross River
scheme. Both projects, but especially the West London project, face
very narrow street conditions at least in major parts of the network.
This background was responsible for launching a study project on the
subject of "Shared Stop infrastructure for Trams and Buses".
Some concentration was put on the kerb solutions developed in Germany ("Kasseler Bord", "Dresdener Kombibord", but also on solutions in Switzerland and France.
In summary it became clear that joint use of platforms by buses and trams must not necessarily mean a reduced accessibility (by missing vertical/horizontal gap criteria). There are solutions available both for the "low low-floor" (20-29cm) and the "high low-floor" (30-35cm) platform categories.
outcome of the study a follow-up project has been established which
will in spring 2006 result in the construction of a test stop in the
Croydon depot and a test operation with a variety of buses being used
by London Buses.
|(C) Axel Kuehn|