In many cases, little or no new track is needed, because PPM railcars can run on the same tracks as trains. So if PPM technology is being used to replace trains on lightly-used branch lines, or to provide a commuter service on under-used railway tracks, the same tracks can be used. PPM vehicles do not need the line to be electrified either.
Obviously, new track is required for new tramways, or for reopening railway routes that were closed before their value was properly recognised. In this case, the light weight of PPM vehicles is a great advantage, because it means that only light infrastructure is needed.
Our associate company JPM Parry & Associates is working to develop a system of tramway infrastructure that will be quick and inexpensive to install, overcoming many of the problems that have occurred when implementing tram schemes.
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