Pre-Blitz Coventry had one of the most popular tram services in the country - and after seeing Birmingham's new trams yesterday for the first time, Visit Coventry reckon it's time Coventry Council made a pitch for West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) cash to create our own overlay network - and make the city more accessible.
Planned correctly, tram networks are great - that's why all the best cities in the world have them. Dedicated light rail systems picking up (and dropping off) people right where they want to be, with fast, reliable, cheap, pollution-free automated carriages.. sounds good to us!
Interestingly, there's an inaugural select committee event that's been set up by the Councils 'scrutiny board' to investigate Coventry's public transport provision - it's this Wednesday (click here for detail) - and they want 'tell it how it is' feedback on how well the local bus and train services in the city are doing. What works, what doesn't - and any ideas people have for improving things. You can email the cllr who's heading this up (firstname.lastname@example.org) or just jot your ideas down on the contact form - and we'll pass them on.
ps. our 'precinct trams' idea - based on what we've seen in Birmingham - is to link up Warwick University in the south, with Ansty in the north - passing through the outskirts of Earlsdon (Kenilworth Rd/Warwick Rd), Coventry Station, Warwick Row, Market Way/Smithford Way, Corporation St, Fairfax St, Gosford St, Far Gosford St, Walsgrave Rd (Ball Hill), Ansty Rd (alongside the hospital), then onto Ansty Business Park - close to where 1000's of new homes are planned on the Coventry/Warwickshire boundary.
Btw, here ere are some old images of trams in pre-war Coventry, the new tram in Colmore Row, Brum, plus another quick mock-up of one of our fave precinct images (from 1963 - so cleaner, with original artwork, and no clutter!) showing how trams might make this thoroughfare feel more accessible, and 'street-like'..