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News - 19 July 2003
Feasible or Fantasy?

Brighton Monorail Pitched into Transport Debate

The Brighton Bullet is a futuristic monorail development along the seafront which will eventually go as far as the universities and possibly to a new park and ride site on the edges of the city.

The first phase would be along a similar route to the Volks railway between the Brighton Pier and the Marina. The owners of the Marina – Parkridge Developments - are supportive of the idea which would help to link the Marina to the city centre.

The idea is the brainchild of David Courtney of the Brighton Monorail and Tram Company which is prepared to invest over a quarter of a million pounds developing the concept. The proposal is for a driverless automatic system operating 19 hours a day which would connect the Marina with Brighton Pier at a cost of about £2 for a journey that would take 5 minutes. Passenger estimates are for around 1.6m people per year.

Reactions to the plans have been mixed with council officials expressing polite interest but the leader of the Labour Group – Ken Bodfish – voicing caution because of the high costs of infrastructure. The Leader of the Conservative Group – Brian Oxley – said that the idea was worthy of active consideration. (See various stories in KnowledgeBase about problems with tram systems)


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