#AceNewsReport – Jan.12: They were the original electric buses but 50 years ago today saw the plug pulled on the last trolleybus in Wales: Environmentally friendly and cheap, they finally succumbed to car ownership and fossil fuel on 11 January 1970: Yet half a century later – almost to the day – local councils now see electric public transport as an answer to congestion and air pollution.
“They are magic,” says trolleybus enthusiast Keith Walker
Some experts and enthusiasts even believe that shift could spark a revival for the forgotten trolleybus: Known as the “trackless trolleys” when they first appeared on U.K. streets in 1911, trolleybuses became the workhorses of the public transport network.
Freed from the restrictions of tracks, taking their power from overhead cables, they provided clean, affordable and quick transport for the masses: In Cardiff alone, more than six million journeys were taken in the first 12 months of the system opening on St David’s Day in 1942.
But the boom in private car ownership during the 1960s would spell the beginning of the end: Electricity prices rose and rapidly-growing cities soon outgrew a network of overhead cables in desperate need of investment.
When Cardiff’s trolleybus number 262 returned to the Newport Road depot for the last time in January 1970 it marked the end of an era: However could local authorities in Wales turn back the clock amid concerns over air quality in our cities and will others follow suit?
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