Page 6: Conclusion
To many people it seems ironic that cities like Strasbourg are returning to a form of transport discarded during the 1950’s and 60’s in the post-war rush into motor vehicle use. However, a moments’ thought makes the logic of this change clear. Electricity is one of the cleanest fuels and is relatively easy to generate and sustain within a localised area e.g. within a large metropolis. Diesel and other forms of fuel-driven public transport were a disaster for the environment - they were dirty and noisy and polluted the clean air which lies at the heart of our urban ecosystems.
You have only to study the pictures of the trams of a hundred years ago and modern trams, such as the EUROTRAM, to appreciate their aesthetic nature. Designers, such as Phillippe Neerman, have created modern tram systems which are pleasing to the eye, blend in sensitively with the local environment and provide a cheap, pleasant and reliable way to travel. It is little wonder that trams are going through a period of renaissance. Many people are eagerly looking forward to the time when their city takes the plunge into creating a new form of transport system. We will all benefit from a development which provides a positive improvement in the quality of our lives and contributes to the sustainability of our planet.