Further to your recent article (YEP, January 9), it would seem that the main aim of the Trolleybus (NGT) scheme is to cut congestion by getting more commuters out of their cars and onto public transport.
To entice commuters to abandon their cars for alternative modes of transport requires three things:
1) The journey has to be quicker than by car;
2) It has to cost less than using the car;
3) It needs to be as convenient as using the car i.e. very frequent, reliable services.
The trolleybus will not achieve any of these requirements: the trolleybus lanes will be no better than bus lanes and will be subject to the same bottle-necks.
Under current legislation, the trolleybuses will have to be run by a private contractor and will therefore not be cheap as they will be run to make a profit for the shareholders.
Anyone who uses First Bus will tell you that frequency and reliability are not part of the mandate of a privatised transport company.
The way to cut congestion is two fold: improved rail services i.e. more stations (with ‘park and ride’ facilities), longer trains, more frequent trains and secondly, tram-trains to fill gaps between normal rail services.
As Andrew Batty suggests (YEP, Your views, January 7) light rail links could join into existing rail lines and branch off into the centre of Leeds.
This would meet at least two of the aforementioned requirements to encourage drivers from their cars and therefore be better use of taxpayers money.
Martin J Phillips, Tinshill Lane, Leeds