Promoting the Use if Public Transport in an Orbital Corridor. the SWELTRAC Experience



Promoting the Use if Public Transport in an Orbital Corridor. the SWELTRAC Experience

Authors

DIX M, Halcrow Fox and NICHOLSON J, London Borough of Merton. UK

Description

SWELTRAC is a consortium of South West London Local Authorities, London Transport, Railtrack, operators and passenger groups. It is examining improved strategic, orbital access by bus and rail in the wake of previous major studies concerning access to Hea

Abstract

SWELTRAC is a consortium of South West London Local Authorities, London Transport, Railtrack, operators and passenger groups. It is examining improved strategic, orbital access by bus and rail in the wake of previous major studies concerning access to Heathrow . In 1995 the consortium commissioned two parallel studies:

* The SWELTRAC Rail Access Study; and

* The SWELTRAC Integrated Transport Study.

The Rail Access Study examined a range of heavy rail infrastructure and operating options to improve access to Heathrow from the south west areas of London. The Integrated Transport Study was a pilot study to determine a strategy to promote the use of road based public transport and other non car travel in an orbital corridor, linking the town centres of Croydon, Wimbledon, Kingston, Hounslow and Feltham with Heathrow and Stockley Park. Halcrow Fox was commissioned to undertake the ITS study. Key requirements of pilot study were to:

* establish an agreed assessment framework suitable for evaluating and presenting options;

* develop practical and implementable measures that would complement the longer term proposals for improved heavy rail access; and

* to advise on any necessary restraint measures.

This paper presents the main findings of the ITS study and the lessons learnt.

Publisher

Association for European Transport