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From an engineering point of view, a tram is a vehicle that takes electricity from somewhere (overhead wires or third rail underneath), use motors to convert this into torque, and spins wheels to move the tram. The obvious solution is put all this machinery at ground level, right next to the wheels, and put the passengers on top. Ta-dah, a high-floor tram. ...


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Cost, and speed. Some public transport companies report that low floor trams have 15% higher maintenance costs for the rolling stock, and 20% higher maintenance costs for the infrastructure on average (source in German). The low-floor designs typically also decrease the speed at which a tram can drive through a curve (usually 4–15 km/h in 20 m radius ...


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The general answer is, because rail-borne rolling stock is expensive, it is only rational to expect trams to have a long life cycle. It is not unusual to see trams which are 30 years old, and in some places you can meet trams built in something like the 1930s and still in use. Thus, because low-floor tram designs are relatively new (introduced in 1980s and ...


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The SFO webpage on accessibility mentions two interesting bits of information. First thing is, of course, that you should inform your airline of all particular needs you might have, for them to make the necessary arrangements. Secondly, according to the afore-mentioned website, airline staff is approachable in both Domestic and International terminals: ...


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Google shows a pub The Harrow* 0.6 miles north east, more or less on the 296 bus route (every 20 min). *Opening Hours: Mon: 11:00 - 23:00 Tue: 11:00 - 23:00 Wed: 11:00 - 23:00 Thu: 11:00 - 23:00 Fri: 11:00 - 23:00 Sat: 11:00 - 23:00 Sun: 12:00 - 22:30 Your image is distinctly more impressive than this one (from Google Maps)!: ...


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From checking Great British Toilet Map, the nearest toilets to St Chad's Well appear to be: Marks Gate Cemetery, open Summer (April - September): 08.00 - 18.30 / Winter (October-March): 08.00 - 16.00, no charge. About 2km from the well. Other nearby toilets are at St Chad's Park or Wangey Road.


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In general the airport staff does not automatically assist with disabled travelers. It almost always needs to be arranged through the airline on which you are traveling. It is advisable to contact the airline in advance to request wheel chair assistance, for all airports on the travelers itinerary. They will note this in your booking record and should ...


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Bad news. While 888 will get you the teletext subtitles in Greece, Belgium and other countries, and Austria is 777, for example, Romania is one of the few EU members to have NONE for Teletext subtitling. Source: State of subtitling access in EU report - European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (page 20).


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To the best of my knowledge, no such global resource exists -- and that's a slightly more assertive statement than most, since I was at Lonely Planet when accessible travel manager Martin Heng presented his research on precisely this. There are a bunch of local efforts of widely varying standards and quality, OpenBritain being one of the better ones. ...



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