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The Missing Element in London’s Transport System?

BeemCar | BeemCar

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BeemCar is one of the newest transport options available and is not yet supported by the UK Government. BeemCar could be a far more cost effective option to disruptive transport infrastructure projects to update London's train and underground network

Operating high above the traffic, linking transport interchanges and other areas based on passenger demand, BeemCarwill provide more than twice the capacity of a tram at less than a fifth of the capital cost, and it will be profitable.

BeemCarcomprises:

•  4-seater passenger pods suspended from a network of carbon beams travelling at 30mph, from boarding to destination, without intermediate stops
•  Driverless pods available on demand 24/7, 365 days/yr
•  Predictable arrival time and street level boarding at offline stops
•  Resilience to weather, floods and thieves, as all working parts are inside the beam
•  Seated accommodation for ALL passenger types, including the elderly and disabled
•  A design and passenger experience good enough to attract car users
•  An extremely small ground footprint

BeemCarwill help meet climate change targets as it will use +70% less energy than that used by other powered modes of transport, including EVs, due to its lightweight construction, integrated solar panels, and on-demand travel.

Tackling some topical issues, BeemCarcould provide:

•  Near-silent transport above a pedestrianised Oxford Street
•  Increased capacity for commuters living in suburbs, such as Tolworth and Enfield, as mentioned by Sir Peter Hendy, without impacting on existing capacity
•  More coverage at less than a fifth of the cost of the Bakerloo Line Extension
•  More river crossing capacity by piggy-backing onto existing bridges
•  A more cost effective alternative to Crossrail 2 that could be in service in a third of the time

Would better airport connectivity negate the need for extra runways? BeemCarpods operating in an Inter Urban Mode, travelling at +60mph on dedicated beams, could provide a direct link for passengers transferring between the air-sides of Heathrow and Gatwick.  A 30 minute journey over London, without needing security checks! And for the North - relieving rail overcrowding between Leeds and Manchester.

Globally, PRT technology is gaining momentum, with at least 4 projects being funded by governments.  In contrast, UK Government policy does not support PRT and is content to plough over £1bn into EVs, which do nothing to reduce congestion, whilst ignoring the potential benefits of PRT, which receives no funding.  Consequently, the most likely outcome for BeemCar’sdevelopment, will be to seek overseas investment, resulting in the loss of potential jobs in the NE.

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