Pioneering connections to HS2
Coventry councillors are exploring the return of street trams with “pioneering modern technology”, according to the Coventry Observer.
[EXCLUSIVE: Plan to return trams to Coventry streets to link to HS2, Les Reid, Coventry Observer, Oct 12, 2016, minor typo edits]
A unique rapid transit ‘light rail’ system is being considered to connect Coventry station with Warwick University and beyond.
It would connect Coventry city centre with the new HS2 high speed rail Birmingham interchange station near the NEC and Birmingham Airport planned for 2026.
The idea has been explored for months by Coventry City Council’s cabinet member for jobs and regeneration, councillor Jim O’Boyle, and his deputy cabinet member, councillor David Welsh, who is also on the new transport delivery committee of the West Midlands Combined Authority.
Coun Welsh said modern technological advances allowed for relatively inexpensive and non-obstructive rails to be laid along roads.
He added it could be more cost-effective than tram systems elsewhere in the West Midlands, and better than having proposed sprint buses to connect the city with HS2.
Coun O’Boyle said: “It could cost millions rather than tens of millions.
“We want something that is unique and a 21st century solution rather than 20th century. We have Warwick Manufacturing Group on our doorstep so why not use them?