Councillor has lost his marbles
ANYONE reading the Post's report of transport supremo Tim Kent's latest idea for unmanned pods linking Temple Meads and Cabot Circus, is likely to conclude that Councillor Kent has lost his marbles.
That he is going to waste his transport officers' time and council tax payers' money on such a non-starter beggars belief.
The pods could never be a substitute for a real tram. As at Heathrow, they have their place, but for a start I cannot imagine anyone relishing being shut up in one with a stranger and no driver. There was a proposal to introduce them between Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Bay, but that was quickly thrown out.
The pods are another mad idea, like the BRT schemes, which the council has toyed with in order to avoid having what nearly every other modern city in England and across Europe has, namely, trams as part of an integrated transport policy using an appropriate mix of trains, trams, buses and taxis.
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Transport for Greater Bristol (TfGB) has being calling for an Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) for years. That was strongly supported by Councillor Kent's predecessor at transport Jon Rogers.
Why Tim Kent takes an opposing position to that taken by his fellow Lib Dem councillor Dr Rogers is hard to fathom. But, whatever the reason, he is prepared to waste millions of pounds of local and national tax money on the likes of BRT.
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