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    More a tunnel tram than bus. I doubt this would work in Liverpool. Great idea though.

    I can see this working, doubling up on rail tracks. One normal train going one way and the tunnel tram going the other. Or both going one way to double up capacity on the line.

    The thought of cars underneath is frightening.

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    It's cost-effective because there are two ways it could operate: first off, special tracks could be laid into each side of the road, like a tram.

    Or secondly, simple coloured lines could be painted onto the road for it to follow automatically on conventional tyres. There'll be a driver on the bus at all times, though.

    Elevated bus stops will be erected to allow passenger to embark, or where there's no room for those the bus will have ladders. The emergency exits will be inflatable slides.

    And if the straddling bus seems all to futuristic to be true, amazingly it isn't - a pilot scheme involving over 115 miles of tracks in Beijing will begin before 2011.

    The trials will focus on traffic management and safety. Managing traffic flow is an issue: how, for example, to guarantee a bus can turn off a road safely while there is no traffic underneath.

    The advanced stage of the plan suggests this is not an insurmountable issue. Then who knows - it could revolutionise public transport outside of China. London, perhaps?

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    If you're driving underneath when the thing stops at a 'bus stop' it'll be bit disconcerting when you feel you're accelerating when in fact you are not ..then you instinctively brake ...cruuunch! A recipe for disaster, methinks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymouse View Post
    If you're driving underneath when the thing stops at a 'bus stop' it'll be bit disconcerting when you feel you're accelerating when in fact you are not ..then you instinctively brake ...cruuunch! A recipe for disaster, methinks!
    That is why I think it is best to have trains underneath it. It would only be the width of one track, as trains would run under it. It could be for peak time only running both ways on normal two track lines. Ideal for the two football stadia being proposed in the city, if they are both on one line, say either Canada Dock Branch or Outer Loop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymouse View Post
    If you're driving underneath when the thing stops at a 'bus stop' it'll be bit disconcerting when you feel you're accelerating when in fact you are not ..then you instinctively brake ...cruuunch! A recipe for disaster, methinks!
    And how many accidents will happen when the bus starts to turn. The movement of buses is only possible in a straight line or for each rotation and for each stop is necessary to make a bridge.
    p.s. btw idea looks nice.............

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