Saturday, 19 September 2015

Could we reopen the Heathfield branch?

There is a little-known branch line that runs from Newton Abbot to Heathfield (a large village and industrial estate, just outside Bovey Tracey) which once provided passenger services to a number of Dartmoor towns and villages but more recently has been a freight depot for timber. Now this use also has come to an end, and while other freight uses might still be possible it is presently empty.
The photo here is of the former Heathfield station - the platform is still present and usable though access leaves much to be desired.
Our proposal is to operate a demonstration service using our class 139 railcar - an hourly shuttle between Newton Abbot and Heathfield, with a stop midway at Teigngrace. If this is successful, it could pave the way to a more extensive refurbishment of the line with faster and more frequent trips and new stops and line extensions.
We're very keen to make sure that from the outset this service is accountable to and owned by the local residents. Do please contact us if you live in the area and woudld like to find out more about how this could work.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

May 2015 newsletter

We're pleased to present our newsletter for May 2015 - apologies for the long wait. There is news from Wensleydale and information about the new ULR Group, but we lead with a new opportunity in Devon - the Heathfield branch line. The picture below (thanks to Ecorail) shows the unused bay at Newton Abbot that could be the starting point of a route to a Park and Ride site just outside Bovey Tracey (known as the gateway to Dartmoor).

UK Tram ULR Group launches

Lightweight Community Transport is very pleased to be supporting the new Ultra Light Rail Group. This group of companies developing business in the field of ULR will be jointly represented within UK Tram, the UK's industry body for light rail and trams. First outing was at the recent High Level Tram Summit, where Baroness Kramer (then the Minister of State for Transport) expressed the government's commitment to trams in general and ULR in particular - very good to hear. Our own Bob Chard delivered a presentation on ULR which you can download as a PDF here.
Sustraco, meanwhile, has taken the lead preparing a new leaflet introducing the concept of ULR - a great place for beginners to learn about the promise and the principles of the new technology. Again, you can download the leaflet here.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

ULR wins acclaim at High Level Tram Summit

Our thanks to UK Tram for organising an excellent Department for Transport / UK Tram summit, attended by Baroness Kramer for the government - in her keynote speech she used the words Ultra Light Rail so many times we lost count. She emphasised that the future of trams in UK will include ULR and she wants to see a ULR demonstrator project. We were able to report on progress with the refurbishment of our railcar. For more information, see