YEP Letters: July 13

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Trolleybus - a ‘project from the past’

Bob Jones, City Island, Leeds 12

In Lyon, there is an inquiry going on at the moment into the future of the long-criticised C3 trolleybus line.

Many want it replaced with a tram. The Greens in particular call the trolleybus “un projet du passé, un projet dépassé” (a project from the past, a project that is out-of-date). Where have we heard that before?

They are not alone. The main association for those who use public transport in Lyon insists that “la vocation de cet axe est de devenir un tramway”. (the future for this route is for it to be become a tram).

Everywhere you look, the trolleybus is seen as an inferior choice.

Do some Leeds councillors still really think it reflects “cutting-edge technology” and would improve the image of our city?

Sad at decline of railways

Mel Smart, Farsley

I am writing to you regarding the railways, particularly here in Yorkshire.

In my opinion, all the people who travel on trains just want to get from A to B, on time and in reasonable comfort. They are not interested in speed. Most just want to get to and from work.

It has been known for a long time that the present fleet, built in the 1980s and 1990s is insufficient but no one, least of all the Tories, is doing anything about it.

It is as plain as the nose on your face that a new fleet of trains is needed but no one builds trains in Britain anymore.

Instead of investing 58 billion pounds in HS2, which is a complete waste of time, what the government should be doing is investing that money in a train building programme to replace not just the northern fleet but all trains in the country and spread over a 20- year period could actually do it.

I am even prepared to come out of retirement and to take charge of it because no one else, apparently, is interested.

After 50 years working on the railways it makes me sad to see its decline for lack of forethought.

Lack of creative thinking

Paul Kilroy, Leeds 16

While our city constantly proclaims itself as a self renewing, innovative place, the idyll is somewhat tarnished by necessary eyesores: notably ‘The Kirkgate Quarter’ and the Southern wasteland prospects for rail travellers.

These depressing vistas have become over 40 years, familiar features; echoing distant memories of the squalid, ugly, dirty mess, bequeathed to us by our city fathers, up to the 1960s.

The simple expedient of laying the artificial grass currently adorning Millennium Square, or bark, gravel or soil, would create an attractive landscape and a recreational area for lunchtime workers, especially if appointed with furniture and fittings.

It seems such creative thinking and capacity is beyond our leaders, at least outside the area of expenses, attendance allowances and special responsibility payments.

Then and there they are, of course masters and leave Michelangelo kicking rocks.

Accolades are deserved

Jack Banner, Meanwood

What a soulless individual Phil Cook is (YEP letters July 8).

Anyone with a soul knows that Yorkshire benefitted from the Tour De France in terms of the profile of our county and our city.

Could it be that his anti - cycling bias is generated by his inability to cycle ?

Gary Verity and the other organisers deserve every accolade they have received.

How can anyone be so bloody minded about his county and his city ?

Move to Manchester , not much happens there !

All talk and not enough action

Martin J Phillips, Cookridge

I note that the BBC has been receiving a ‘sledging’ for it’s new Wimbledon highlights programme.

People coming home from work and hoping to watch the tennis highlights are instead watching a group of ‘experts’ talking about tennis.

Sadly the same can be said for the BBC’s coverage of most sports; all talk and little action!

Taking athletics as an example, the BBC employs numerous former athletes for their ‘expert’ opinion including: Jonathan Edwards, Paula Ratcliffe, Denice Louis, Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Colin Jackson, and Michael Johnson. Why does the BBC need so many? Their services won’t come cheap either; more licence payers’ money going wasted.

On top of that there are the interviews with athletes some of whom are not even competing in the event being shown.

Setting a bad example

R Kimble, Hawksworth

Am I the only one who finds the triumphalist fist shaking at Wimbledon unprofessional?

Serena Williams display against Heather Watson was deplorable and Murray is no better.

It is not sporting and sets an (aggressive) bad example where winning is all that matters and intimidation (banned in most workplaces) acceptable.

Warning over phone scam

Sue Hillarby, by email

Just sending this as a warning to the many users of mobile phones.

I received a text message from someone claiming to be my daughter to say she had had a fall down some stairs and broken a leg in two places.

She needed me to go to the shop and get a mobile top-up from the shop and get me to text the code that was on the £20 voucher.

I asked why, when she was on a contract and this person said to use in hospital.

In the meantime I tried ringing my daughter – her phone just rang out – then 
my son found out it was a scam.

I felt totally sick that someone could stoop so low, and how I could fall for a trick like that.

Everything seemed to tie in and my lives in a first floor apartment.

I am also not very well at the moment so getting something like that is not very nice.

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