Helping specialised businesses to find new markets around the world
Suspended public transport systems have major advantages. Ground based rail systems such as trams take up and dominate road space, whilst monorails require heavy and intrusive infrastructure so are largely confined to theme parks and tourist areas.
Cable cars are of course familiar, but Germany has the leading examples of suspended public transport in working environments.
The new UK-designed system takes inspiration from the older ones in Germany. It combines unique technical capabilities with a light and elegant structure of great aesthetic merit, enabling it to create entirely new public transport routes.
We proposed and helped to plan new routes which no other system could offer and along which major businesses could be lobbied for support.
Previous projects have included:
Promotion of a new suspended public transport system
It is much smoother and quieter than conventional rail-based systems and without the large and unsightly support structure required by monorails.
By opening doors which had previously been closed to the system promoter, in most cases initial scepticism was turned around completely into enthusiastic backing.
We also assisted with proposals for private and public projects in London and Glasgow, including meetings with Council Leaders, opposition members, Members of the UK and Scottish Parliaments, regional development agencies and national and regional transport authorities to introduce and to promote the system.
These can be constructed through closely built urban centres, suburbs and open country, crossing motorways and rivers with ease and connecting up airports, development zones and fragmented public transport networks by means of multi-level interchanges.
The system adds genuine new capacity without hindering ground traffic. With its light touch in the built environment and minimal requirement for compulsory purchase in construction, the system offers an attractive alternative to light rail or tram systems and a lower build cost per kilometre.
After assisting on route feasibility studies we prepared line costings and financial forecasts and then marketed to all large businesses on the routes and to MPs, council planning and transport departments and the media, as well as to initially wary local transport authorities.