Trackless Tram on Hastings Seafront Promenade
We the undersigned petition the council to Cancel the Council's plans to develop a 'trackless tram' which would run along Hastings Seafront Promenade from Old Town to Grosvenor Gardens. This is a bad idea as it would take up pedestrian, bicycle and wheelchair space on the promenade and would not only greatly impede foot traffic but would also cause a serious hazard to pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users on the promenade.
The proposal for this ‘trackless tram’ to run along the seafront promenade is a BAD IDEA. It would ONLY carry around 30 people at first, but there would be options to extend that with additional carriages.
There would be two of them operating, so the service would run HALF HOURLY at busy times, with both trams running.
The stated purpose, by Hastings Council, is to connect the Old Town to the pier, as well as encouraging tourists to explore areas beyond that, including St Leonards town centre and Grosvenor Gardens. There are plenty of buses that travel up and down the seafront regularly which tourists can use. Or, they can simply walk and get some much needed exercise!
This idea of offering a tram ride is NOT WELL THOUGHT OUT and appears to be aimed at serving the needs of businesses in Old Town and on the pier but not the pedestrians, both residents and tourists who enjoy freely using the promenade - hazard-free.
This is an EXTRAVAGANT, wasteful idea that needs to be STOPPED - to protect the integrity of Hastings' Seafront and FUTURE pedestrian access to the promenade.
This would also be considered an all-year-round transport option, running all the way along the seafront. The tram would run on tyred wheels rather than rails, but would follow a defined route marked by electronic transponders, which would guide the vehicle. This is NOT suitable for areas that are busy with pedestrians.
The vehicle would travel at relatively slow speeds (16 kph maximum), but as any pedestrian will tell you, it’s possible to be SERIOUSLY INJURED OR EVEN KILLED BY a vehicle or cyclist at that speed!
Read more at: https://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/opinion/grant-paves-way-for-trackless-tram-plan-1-8484928
This ePetition ran from 30/06/2018 to 31/12/2018 and has now finished.
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