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Cargo tram ‘a bit madness’

7 March 2007 - It is ‘a bit madness’, alderman Tjeerd Herrema said this afternoon at the start of a cargo tram pilot. Amsterdam has to start something entirely new again. Still, everybody was enthusiastic.

Using an old tram of the Municipal Transportation Company (GVB), CityCargo is going to test whether it is possible to ride cargo trams in between passenger trams. If this is successful, the company wants to operate the cargo tram on a commercial basis.

Potentially, this can bring along enormous advantages for the city’s environment, safety and liveability. Also, businesses in the inner city will have a dependable means of transportation at their disposal.

Herrema pointed out that all kinds of practical issues have to be dealt with. “It is not acceptable that a crate of beer will get priority over a passenger tram”. Still, he was enthusiastic. He called on the business community - ‘sometimes somewhat conservative’ - to seize this opportunity.

Initiator Peter Hendriks explained that he had spoken with the pilot tram last night. If she would do her best, she would not have to go to the scrap yard, he had promised.

Alderwoman Marijke Vos got to drive the tram during her first ride. Despite the drizzly weather she spoke of a ‘beautiful day’.

Se also: Confidence in feasibility cargo tram


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