Creating a new transport system
An ADtranz case study

Page 1: Introduction

Cities are not just concentrations of people, they are also centres of economic activity and decision-making. Many European cities now face a transportation crisis. The popularity of the car has caused widespread congestion and for many, serious atmospheric pollution poses a serious threat to health.This case study outlines the way in which Adtranz has created the tram of the future, the EUROTRAM...
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Page 2: Environmental considerations

Today, environmental concerns are at the forefront of any new development. Modern forms of transport, such as the motor car driven by petrocarbons, have tremendous potential to create unacceptable levels of pollution. However, we can change by planning in favour of sustainable ‘green’ city environments. Strasbourg, in choosing the EUROTRAM, has gone for the ‘green&rsquo...
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Page 3: Public transport

As well as improving public transport, the light rail system is intended to act as the catalyst for change to the entire city centre. The associated pedestrianisation work, together with better transport links, are expected to reduce the use of private cars. The use of electric traction on the LRVs (Light Railway Vehicles) will also remove noise and pollution from the city centre. In essence...
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Page 4: Safety

The EUROTRAM has a number of extra safety features. Its design recognises the problems of operating rail vehicles in the midst of road traffic. The possibility of accidents is greatly reduced by giving the EUROTRAM driver a superb field of view through a wrap-around windscreen and by placing a set of wheels directly under the vehicle’s front end so it does not swing unexpectedly on curves...
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Page 5: Competitive advantage

A short development time provides organisations with many competitive advantages. For the completion of the EUROTRAM project, Adtranz divided the project into a number of project teams, with each geared to meeting specific project objectives. Each team comprised a member of engineering, purchasing and assembly, as well as a member from one other area. In giving teams responsibilities and goals...
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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...
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