Inventor and science fiction author’s outlandish thought for Bristol ‘park and glide’ cable automobile system

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An inventor and science fiction author believes Bristol might be reworked by cable vehicles transferring individuals out and in of town.

The outlandish thought is for a ‘park and glide’ system the place persons are carried to town centre from as far out as Lengthy Ashton and Brislington by ski lifts towering above town.

Stuart Olds from Keynsham stated he first proposed the concept to Bristol Metropolis Council 15 years in the past however added “It’s totally gradual going.”

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Mr Olds, the writer of 2011 science fiction e book Hope’s Fact, stated the challenge will not be as bold or as costly and the proposed Bristol underground if it was ever constructed.

The 48-year-old stated: “I assumed it could be a terrific thought to make use of it as a transport scheme in Bristol as a result of it is so up and down. It was over 15 years in the past I approached the council. They’d by no means heard of it earlier than as a transport scheme.

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“That is the concept we have individuals out and in of town in 30 minutes. It reduces site visitors that will be on the roads. It is a case of getting site visitors off the roads and releasing them for issues that should be on the roads.

“It could take a variety of planning. It is a huge challenge. It is nowhere close to as huge or as costly as an underground.”

Mr Olds’ thought is for a ski-lift-type system with arms reaching throughout Bristol, together with Lengthy Ashton, Fishponds, Clifton, Brislington, and even Keynsham with a central station within the centre.

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He stated the challenge might be part-powered by hydro barges within the Severn Estuary. Hydro barges are submerged generators connected to floating barges that use the water currents to generate energy.

Inventor and science fiction author Stuart Olds, who has an thought for a cable automobile system in Bristol

Mr Olds stated the “Park and Glide” in Bristol would value £1.2million per mile, however that doesn’t embrace the price of supporting towers.

He added: “The price of the entire thing, point-to-point, I simply can’t say.”

The shuttles would journey at 17mph, taking round 30 minutes to journey from the outskirts to the centre, and could be fitted with wifi, in accordance with Mr Olds’ imaginative and prescient.

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Also referred to as “cable propelled transit”, cable vehicles had been invented as transport at ski resorts, nonetheless some cities outdoors of Europe have adopted them as a part of their transport system.

Venezuela, Algeria, Brazil and Colombia all have cities utilising cable vehicles as transport options.

In London, a 1km lengthy cable automobile system transports individuals from one aspect of the River Thames in Greenwich. However critics questioned whether or not the cable automobile might be a sensible transport hyperlink reasonably than a horny addition to the skyline.

Mr Olds, who’s the director of I and M Tasks, listed on Firms Home as a pluming, warmth and air-conditioning set up agency, stated he has been in touch with home builders Taylor Wimpey, cable automobile producers Doppelmayr in addition to the council.

A spokesperson for Taylor Wimpey stated: “Thanks for the chance to remark, nonetheless Taylor Wimpey is politely declining to take action at the moment.”

Doppelmayr’s spokesperson was unable to seek out any details about the challenge.




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