Inner London Monorail plan to oust buses
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yET another plan for improving transport in Central London has been published—this time by the Conservative Political Centre.
The seven-point plan is contained in a 36-page illustrated report* entitled "Get our cities moving", prepared by Mr. Brian Waters, who was a member of the Conservative transport policy study group.
Once again, the bus has been condemned as obsolete for the needs of inner London. Buses can only be efficient, says the report, if they serve comparatively low-capacity routes outside the central area, and either feed into the termini on the central area's outer edge or into a highcapacity transport system.
This high-capacity system should take the form of an overhead monorail network, using the electrical SAFEGE system. This would consist of kidney-shaped loops running north-south, four of which it is claimed, would effectively cover all the present bus-carrying roads in the centre.
A north-south pattern has been chosen to complement the existing Underground lines, which have a strong east-west bias. The monorails would link with the feeder bus services from the suburbs.
The report does admit, however, that the Red Arrow (non-stop) buses are likely to have some application in the Central congested area for several years.
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