"A tram system and other potential solutions to traffic woes in Canterbury are set to be researched by council bosses. Authority leader Ben Fitter-Harding says the city’s appeal is at risk of falling behind that of other places unless plans to rethink its clogged-up road network are dreamt up."
A council leader says 'no idea is off the table' as he bids to come up with solutions to solve traffic gridlock - including a possible tram system.
Clearly this is only at the crayons stage, but I'm not sure what problem it's trying to solve. The A28 is a heavily used road corridor but some of that traffic is cross-town e.g. Ashford to Thanet. The A2 bypasses the city to the west. Both of these corridors are also followed by railways (although Canterbury East only has one train per hour).
You could have a route from Wincheap Park and Ride - West station - Sturry Park and Ride, but this would only be 4 miles long and a microfleet of trams would be expensive. Getting it across the historic city centre would be a challenge. If there was a branch to the University of Kent (out of town) this would bring in more passengers but you're still stuck with a small system and microfleet.
Does it have any legs? I found this system in France which has seven stops over 3 miles, but that is zero-fare presumably because it would never turn a profit.
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