General Article Developing city-scale sustainable transport networks

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Portland in the USA is a good example of an integrated transport system, with buses, light rail, streetcars, a free rail zone, an aerial tram and bicycle network.
Light rail has been developed in Manchester, Nottingham, the West Midlands, Tyne and Wear and Sheffield. Light rail development in many large towns and cities in France has demonstrated how high-profile infrastructure can help to regenerate cities and hugely improve image and liveability.
Further information on some of these international examples is available from the Light Rail Transit Association.
In London, examples of major planned city-wide public schemes include Crossrail, the Overground network which provides much needed orbital links, the Dockland Light Railway and the Tramlink. The London bus priority network is more advanced than most other cities in the UK. New forms of public transport are also being trialled in London, such as ultra-light rapid transit at Heathrow Airport.
Elsewhere, guided bus systems have been ...

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