THE HORIZONTAL ELEVATOR...
For many years, Cork City has needed an answer to the ever-increasing congestion, pollution and danger of too many cars and limited street space. Building more and more new costly roads, bypasses and multistorey carparks which disfigure the city centre is MOST DEFINITELY NOT the answer... ALVIN, which will be realised through Private partnership within the next decade, hopes to be that answer, and THE PREDATOR, no wider than a large elevator, is designed to spearhead that Revolution!
The PREDATOR, an ultralight diesel, hydrogen, flywheel, or electric-powered ultralight, slim-profile minitram concept proposed to kickstart the ALVIN Project, the proposed Light Rail Network for Cork!
The first proposed route for a Predator-based Light Rail Route, which could be constructed within a matter of months, will be the Albert Quay-Mahon Shopping Centre Route, along part of the old Crosshaven Rail Route. A Route using Predator Trams can be laid using standard 3 Foot guage track laid by Bord Na Mona subcontractors, as Bord Na Mona have an extensive 3 foot guage network to transport peat in the peat cuttings, as well as a stock of track materials, equipment, and a vast wealth of experience with this type of track,a s well as a need for additional work at a time when the peat cutting industry is in decline. Once this route is up and running, wider, standard guage track will be inserted along the route, while keeping th Predator service running, and eventually the route will be upgraded for standard LUAS type trams running on a cross city link to destinations across the city such as Cobh, Midleton, etc.
Watch this space for pictures, and MORE about this exciting transport solution in 2009!