I was fortunate enough to join a tour of South Western' Railway's Wimbledon Train Care Centre in early January with the Cambridge University Railway Club. We were given an extensive look at the depot including the wheel profiling machine and bogie dropper. In addition, the depot manager gave a presentation on some of the ins and outs of running a maintenance depot and ensuring the availability of trains to meet the service roster. I have attached a few photographs of the visit.
Following a comprehensive review, conducted by leading transport consultants, of Gosport Corporation Tramways late last year, the newly formed body Transport for Gosport has announced the introduction of more routes, less interchange and greater reliability in what Gosport Mayor John Trammskrapper hailed the “biggest improvement to Gosport’s transport in a generation”.
Mayor Trammskrapper announced that the strategy would not only improve the frequency and number of routes serviced by Gosport Transport but substantially reduce costs by adopting state of the art technology in what was termed a “win for customers and the budget”. These savings will prove vital to Gosport’s besieged bottom line and aid Major Trammskrapper in keeping his election pledge to put Gosport in the black.
Adoption of new state of the art hybrid powered buses will ensure low emissions whilst removing unsightly wires and dangerous tram tracks from the city’s heart. This will ensure that Gosport keeps in step with world leading cities such as London. Tests of the new buses have demonstrated their viability as an enhanced alternative to the outdated tram fleet which has remained idle since late September 2017.
The new fleet of buses will be housed through surplus capacity in existing municipal bus depots freeing up tram depot sites for redevelopment into community facilities and affordable housing capable of revitalising the local economy. Furthermore, proposals have been put forward to convert reserved track sections of the tramway into a combination of housing and community parks.
Subject to approval, transition to buses should take place in the final quarter of 2018.
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