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Futuristic travel scheme unveiled
Ultra, designed by Advanced Transport Transport Systems (used with permission)
The ULTra vehicle was designed by Advanced Transport Systems
A futuristic transport system for a Northamptonshire town has been unveiled.

As part of plans to cope with the large population increases planned for Daventry, a personal rapid transport (PRT) network has been proposed.

The PRT allows passengers to call a four-person compartment or pod, on a network of tracks, which would take them to their destination.

Up to 100 vehicles, each costing about 10,000, would be needed.

Ian Vincent, from the council, said the pods would offer the journeys people needed at the times they needed them.

Boost to tourism

A spokeswoman for the council said the plans were in their early stages and were proposals for the development of Daventry over the next 15 years.

The population of the town is expected to increase from 23,000 to 40,000.

Ultraf pod
One of the possible pods being considered by Daventry Council

The PRT systems being considered include those promoted by the ULTra and CyberCab schemes which use driverless automatic pods travelling on a designated network.

They use current technologies and are more environmentally friendly than motorised transport, it is claimed.

The scheme would also provide a "world's first" for Daventry and Northamptonshire with potential investment, tourism and business spin-offs, said a council spokeswoman.

Advanced Transport Systems (ATS) is promoting the ULTra system which has developed four seat electrically powered vehicles.

Richard Teychenne, business development manager for ATS, said: "The system allows people to move around and removes congestion.

"It also gives people private space and it can be there waiting for you."

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