New? I recall trolleybuses from my childhood.
They were a blot on the landscape, not very efficient, and everyone was glad to see the back of them.
What’s the value for money in reviving them? On the official figures, if I’m correct, the scheme will cost £250million, of which the council taxpayers of Leeds have to find £75million (if I lived in Armley or Seacroft I’d be thrilled with that: where’s the benefit to my community, where public services are being slashed?)
And for what? Official figures again: to cut five minutes (best estimate) off the ‘average journey’ (whatever that means) between Holt Park and the city centre. By the time you get to Hyde Park Corner, where I live, you might win one minute to City Square, if it’s your lucky day (though by the way, you’ll have to walk quite a long way to get to the nearest trolleybus stop, so you’ve lost your one minute before you start.)
For this we’re proposing to pay £250million of taxpayers’ money?
A Green, Grosvenor Mount, Leeds