Modern Tbus on the streets of Leeds
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(composite by Ashley Bruce www.tbus.org.uk)
The French 'Civis' Trolleybus
A large Trolleybus in Switzerland
FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT
ELECTRIC TROLLEYBUSES IN LEEDS
Running under overhead cables, electric Trolleybuses are emission-free at street level, energy efficient and much cheaper to install than trams. [more...]
Because they don't use rails, Trolleybuses needn't get stuck behind broken down or illegally-parked vehicles - they can overtake without leaving the overhead wires or, if the obstruction is particularly bad, even leave the wires altogether and run on batteries for a short distance. [more...]
Recent figures have shown that, where Trolleybuses are introduced, there is a substantial increase in the number of people who use public transport.
Trolleybuses are used day in, day out in nearly 400 cities and towns throughout the world, including Geneva, Vancouver, Seattle, Athens, Beijing and Rome.
Leeds was the first city in Britain to introduce electric Trolleybuses back in 1911. Because they were quiet, clean and smooth, they became hugely popular, but as with everywhere else in the country, they, along with hundreds of tram systems, were all gradually phased out due to short-sighted policies encouraged by the cheap oil prices which existed between the 1920s and the early 1970s.
But now things have changed and it now seems that Leeds will be the first city to re-introduce Trolleybuses here in the 21st Century. [more...]