Monorail would glide past queues on A40

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Sir – It was with interest that I read John Hook’s suggestion of a cable car in order to help alleviate the congestion problems on the A40 (Gazette, May 14).

My alternative proposal would be for the construction of a monorail of the type currently in use in many cities of the world including Sydney, Mumbai and Las Vegas.

The track would be supported on stanchions regularly-spaced, meaning the footprint required would be minimal and could easily utilise the existing space on one side of the road.

Initial investment would be, in my opinion, cost-effective when compared to other proposals such as reinstating railway lines (possibly reliant on compulsory purchase of land) or upgrading the existing road to dual carriageway (which would certainly create bottlenecks).

This type of system also eliminates the need to re-engineer existing road junctions.

Electrically-powered (from suitable ‘green’ energy sources) carriages would rapidly transport significant numbers of commuters to and from Oxford in speed and comfort.

In my view, the visual impact on the environment of such a system would be reasonably low if care were taken at the design stage.

Terminals would be built for passengers to embark/disembark at Witney and Pear Tree park-and-ride, with additional platforms at Eynsham and possibly Cassington.

The advantage of using the park-and-ride at Pear Tree is fairly obvious, with bus connections into the city centre and an area could also easily be created to store cycles for (more active) commuters to complete their journey.

Having seen innovative solutions employed elsewhere around the world, it frustrates me that our infrastructure capacity issues cannot be solved by thinking outside of the box a little more often.

Bold, radical thinking is sometimes required to address such issues as the A40 nightmare.

David Leach, Taphouse Avenue, Witney

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3:57pm Thu 29 May 14

alexlane says...

Great idea David but our council can't organise the building of a road or new junctions let alone something as sophisticated as a monorail!
Great idea David but our council can't organise the building of a road or new junctions let alone something as sophisticated as a monorail! alexlane
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6:20pm Thu 29 May 14

By-Tor says...

Ha, I see where you're coming from there! My hope would be that a feasability study into this would conclude that it might be worth a private company becoming involved, say in partnership with the council, with a view to creating a profitable service. I realise this is about the only realistic option for making this anything other than a pipedream.
Ha, I see where you're coming from there! My hope would be that a feasability study into this would conclude that it might be worth a private company becoming involved, say in partnership with the council, with a view to creating a profitable service. I realise this is about the only realistic option for making this anything other than a pipedream. By-Tor
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10:54pm Thu 29 May 14

OutToPasture says...

I'd like to see us adopt something similar to the BART train system like the one found in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Something more practical than a Simpsons style Mono Rail.
I'd like to see us adopt something similar to the BART train system like the one found in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Something more practical than a Simpsons style Mono Rail. OutToPasture
  • Score: 1

1:45am Fri 30 May 14

By-Tor says...

OutToPasture wrote:
I'd like to see us adopt something similar to the BART train system like the one found in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Something more practical than a Simpsons style Mono Rail.
Why do you feel this would be preferable and more practical? How would this system easily negotiate existing junctions at Eynsham, Cassington and Woodstock Road roundabout?
[quote][p][bold]OutToPasture[/bold] wrote: I'd like to see us adopt something similar to the BART train system like the one found in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Something more practical than a Simpsons style Mono Rail.[/p][/quote]Why do you feel this would be preferable and more practical? How would this system easily negotiate existing junctions at Eynsham, Cassington and Woodstock Road roundabout? By-Tor
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9:14am Fri 13 Jun 14

Fred Chilvers says...

By-Tor wrote:
OutToPasture wrote:
I'd like to see us adopt something similar to the BART train system like the one found in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Something more practical than a Simpsons style Mono Rail.
Why do you feel this would be preferable and more practical? How would this system easily negotiate existing junctions at Eynsham, Cassington and Woodstock Road roundabout?
Existing roundabouts and junctions would not present significant problems. If an elevated monorail can be constructed to run through Kuala Lumpur (it has, and I've used it), the engineering difficulties for an A40 link would be small by comparison.
[quote][p][bold]By-Tor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OutToPasture[/bold] wrote: I'd like to see us adopt something similar to the BART train system like the one found in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Something more practical than a Simpsons style Mono Rail.[/p][/quote]Why do you feel this would be preferable and more practical? How would this system easily negotiate existing junctions at Eynsham, Cassington and Woodstock Road roundabout?[/p][/quote]Existing roundabouts and junctions would not present significant problems. If an elevated monorail can be constructed to run through Kuala Lumpur (it has, and I've used it), the engineering difficulties for an A40 link would be small by comparison. Fred Chilvers
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10:07pm Fri 13 Jun 14

By-Tor says...

Fred Chilvers wrote:
By-Tor wrote:
OutToPasture wrote:
I'd like to see us adopt something similar to the BART train system like the one found in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Something more practical than a Simpsons style Mono Rail.
Why do you feel this would be preferable and more practical? How would this system easily negotiate existing junctions at Eynsham, Cassington and Woodstock Road roundabout?
Existing roundabouts and junctions would not present significant problems. If an elevated monorail can be constructed to run through Kuala Lumpur (it has, and I've used it), the engineering difficulties for an A40 link would be small by comparison.
Hi Fred, Some confusion here I think! I am the letter's author and it was my response to OutTo Pasture's preference for a BART-like system that prompted the question you responded to (not sure what was meant by the Simpson's comment from him??). As you can see he has not responded - yet.
I think we are in agreement that the monorail concept has advantages in this respect. Appreciate your support of the idea.
[quote][p][bold]Fred Chilvers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]By-Tor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OutToPasture[/bold] wrote: I'd like to see us adopt something similar to the BART train system like the one found in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Something more practical than a Simpsons style Mono Rail.[/p][/quote]Why do you feel this would be preferable and more practical? How would this system easily negotiate existing junctions at Eynsham, Cassington and Woodstock Road roundabout?[/p][/quote]Existing roundabouts and junctions would not present significant problems. If an elevated monorail can be constructed to run through Kuala Lumpur (it has, and I've used it), the engineering difficulties for an A40 link would be small by comparison.[/p][/quote]Hi Fred, Some confusion here I think! I am the letter's author and it was my response to OutTo Pasture's preference for a BART-like system that prompted the question you responded to (not sure what was meant by the Simpson's comment from him??). As you can see he has not responded - yet. I think we are in agreement that the monorail concept has advantages in this respect. Appreciate your support of the idea. By-Tor
  • Score: 1

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