OPINION: Trams ‘essential’ for solving Bath’s traffic woes

A Bath resident has said that trams are “essential” for solving the city’s traffic and pollution problems.

Dave Andrews, from Bath Trams, wrote to the Bath Chronicle in response to a letter from John Eddison, which criticised the city’s tram “enthusiasts”.

Mr Andrews argued that the carriages could also reverse commercial decline.

“And where trams are installed, walking and cycling both increase,” he wrote.

The resident added that the new vehicles should be given priority over cars and buses, as they were able to transport more people.

“Why should not trams which may be carrying 150 people in one condensed space be given priority over nearly 150 cars taking up a huge amount of road space?” he asked.

In response to concerns about the narrowness of Bath’s streets, Mr Andrews said: “Many cities have much narrower streets than Bath and can accommodate trams, which have a lower road width requirement than bendy buses.

“Look no further than Lisbon trams to see this. There are 33 cities similar in size or much smaller than Bath with trams.”

He was not the only resident to respond to Mr Eddison’s letter: Colin Starkey also wrote to the Chronicle in support of the trams.

He said: “It is apparent that John Eddison (Letters, November 26) has not had that “light-bulb” moment, unlike his illustrious namesake Thomas.

“To borrow from our PM, this is the cavalry coming to our rescue. Electric vehicles (EV) are not zero emission. Trams are as near as we will get to zero emission.”

Mr Starkey went on to say that bringing trams to Bath was a “no-brainer”.

Somerset Live Bath