View Full Version : Coventry/Warwickshire Rapid Transit

12-06-2006, 11:41 PM

Plans for a "bus that thinks its a tram" running between Kenilworth and Nuneaton.

Seems like another pointless piece of junk to clutter up the city's already bus lane-infested routes.

12-06-2006, 11:48 PM
rapid and transit. anyone who uses those 2 words together round here is either hopelessly optimistic, or flying....:(

16-06-2006, 08:55 AM
Soap Box Time:

It all seems catch 22. The public transport system either cannot provide the
ease of service the public expects or we, the general public, expect too much
in the way of convenience. Yes, there are buses that clutter the road - this was especially noticeable on Princes Street, Edinburgh yesterday where many routes travel via Princes Street and so there are many bus stops serving the different routes .- Yes there are trains which, at peak times, are overcrowded, hot and stuffy and sometimes looking like a tip when cleaners haven't been able to board and collect the rubbish, but then, perhaps a little education is required there. The adage from days gone by, if there are no rubbish bins take your own rubbish home and dispose of it. But the very nature of today's trains means that it is not always easy to add on extra coaches as was done in days gone by. The sheer convenience of car ownership to enable us to come and go when we want to is done so at the expense of more clutter on the roads because how often do you see one person per car? How often does mum take the kids to school in a huge
4 wheel drive and park in front with the multitudes of other mums to let the kids out? Are we all walking less because of the convenience of cars? Is it because the streets are so unsafe? Do we have too many people and therefore whatever services we have cannot possibly cope? All this goes with parking issues in streets outside our homes. Streets that were never designed to have cars parked down both sides. The other part of the catch 22 is to ask ourselves if we were town planners, what would we do to alleviate the congestion?

... Off the Soap Box now :rolleyes:

07-09-2006, 11:11 PM
This sound very much like the proposed tram between Atherstone and Stratford, is that the same scheme or is it another one, seems silly to do both. If it is the same, why have they dropped Atherstone from the route.

There are no trams planned for Warwickshire - the only area in the region identified as being suitable for a tram system is the Nuneaton -> Coventry City centre corridor, and this is where the "Tram/Bus" route is going to go.


The "Bus" rapid transit goes from Nuneaton Station to Kenilworth. I doubt they'd link Atherstone with Stratford.

14-09-2006, 06:19 PM
Yes thats the one, the bendy bus tram, I've just checked the post I put on Aherstone forum and it deffinately said Atherstone to Stratford via Nuneaton town centre. I couldn't link to it because The heatland Evening news don't put their news on line, the web site is old fashioned frames and only half is updated.
According to that they've considerably shortened the route.

The bendy bus/tram thing route was originally shorter than it is now - Warwick Uni to Bedworth. They were refused funding, so they went back and lengthened it to go to Nuneaton and Kenilworth.

I've never heard of any plans for this thing to go to Stratford - it's a bit too far for this sort of thing - and I doubt Atherstone has enough population to make it worthwhile.

18-09-2006, 07:09 PM
I've got some comments on that now raeding through it along with your comments and the site comments, but I'll wait to see what you've got to say first.

What do you expect me to say? I've been following this BRT thing for some time, right from the original consultation document that talked about a tram system between Nuneaton and Coventry... I've never read about Stratford or Atherstone being part of it.

This is the people who are consulting on it:


This was written in 2005, after funding was turned down for the original plan, and it doesn't mention Stratford or Atherstone.

"Throughout the project it had always been apparent that a longer route encompassing the conurbations of Nuneaton and Bedworth to the north, and the University of Warwick and Kenilworth to the south, would offer greater potential for delivering more benefits. These benefits take the form of increased ridership through access to more markets, serving markets with greater potential for modal shift, offering vastly reduced journey times, and assisting in the broader regeneration of the Coventry-Nuneaton corridor. Therefore in spring 2005 Faber Maunsell was again appointed to develop the feasibility of the enlarged route."

What the article may mean is that if this BRT gets the go ahead, there may be a means to get from Atherstone to Stratford quickly by integrating it with other local transport.