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2012: BRT momentum grows rapidly in the UK

2011 certainly lived up to the most optimistic hopes of BRT supporters.

Dr Bob Tebb
BRT is now part of the mainstream transit industry, says Bob Tebb
BRT is now part of the mainstream transit industry, says Bob Tebb


The opening of the Cambridgeshire Busway in August 2011 put BRT on the map in the UK and no mistake. What a wonderful problem to have to find oneself so desperately short of vehicles to cope with demand from ‘Day 1’ – and with little sign of this problem diminishing despite the rapid infusion of extra vehicles (which is relatively easy to achieve with BRT of course).

I find it strange, if comforting, that arch-advocates of other rapid transit modes have been remarkably quiet...

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