We’re off our trolley

I wonder if any of our transport engineering colleagues can investigate why this country eliminated electric trolley buses.

These are not to be confused with trams — whose rails were death-traps for cyclists — which most of our towns and cities also got rid of.

Electric trolley buses would end the awful accumulation of fumes in places such as bus stations.

They are still to be seen all over Europe and Russia and are clean and silent, as well as having superb acceleration and braking owing to the fact that they have rubber tyres. They can also pull aside for ambulances and fire engines, which trams cannot do.

Max Lazarus

University of Lancaster