Title

TRANSPORT IMPACTS OF GREATER MANCHESTER'S METROLINK LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM.

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1996

Subject Area

land use - impacts, mode - mass transit, mode - rail, mode - subway/metro, mode - tram/light rail, operations - traffic, policy - congestion

Keywords

Transit, Traffic congestion, Street railroads, Public transit, Mass transit, Manchester (England), Local transit, Gridlock (Traffic)

Abstract

Greater Manchester's Metrolink ‘light rail’ system was designed to attract more passengers than its ‘suburban rail’ predecessors by providing congestion-free access through the heart of Manchester's city centre. ‘Before’ and ‘After’ Surveys were used to measure the impact of Metrolink Phase 1 from Bury through Manchester to Altrincham. Control areas were used on similar continuing British Rail suburban lines to isolate Metrolink's impact from other temporal changes. Metrolink has attracted more passengers than forecast, especially in the off-peak periods, despite unemployment rising by half. Many more car users than forecast switched to Metrolink and car traffic volumes fell in the Bury corridor in the peak time and in both corridors in the off-peak.

Rights

Permission to publish the abstract given by Elsevier, copyright remains with them.

Comments

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