In Lyon, there is an inquiry going on at the moment into the future of the long-criticised C3 trolleybus line.1 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in particular call the trolleybus “un projet du passé, un projet dépassé” (a project from the past, a project that is out-of-date).2 Where have we heard that before?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).3
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?