The public transport system in Leeds consists of various modes facing different
challenges in delivering an effective service. It continues to evolve to meet the
changing needs of a growing population.
Since the eighties, Leeds City Council has been working with other partners to add a
new mode to this public transport mix, first with a tram system and lately a trolley bus
system known as New Generation Transport (NGT). Both these options have now
been discarded. Another exciting piece on the horizon is the new highspeed rail,
HS2, with a new station anticipated in the Centre of Leeds.
Your objective is to research the Leeds public transport system and write a report
which addresses the following questions.
Your tasks

  1. List the various modes/types of public transport systems currently available in
    (5 Marks)
  2. Compare the above modes of transport in terms of operation, efficiency,
    connectivity, price and level of use. You should use a table for this.
    (5 Marks)
  3. Explain the possible improvements that could be made to the existing modes
    to attract more passengers. (5 Marks)
  4. Discuss the engineering constraints you would face in trying to expand each of
    the existing public transport networks. (5 Marks)
  5. Explain how the possible introduction of the trolley bus system (NGT) would
    have affected the other modes of public transport. (5 Marks)
  6. What would have been the economic, technical, environmental and operational
    differences had a tram been introduced instead of the trolley bus system
    above? (5 Marks)
  7. Explain the factors that would affect the location of the route for the trolley bus
    system in Leeds. (5 Marks)
  8. What data would you need to collect in order to help you decide on the best
    location of the route for the trolley bus system? (5 Marks)
  9. Explain what parameters you would need to design both horizontal and
    vertical alignments of the route of the trolley bus system.

Answer: The modes of transport in Leeds include;

  1. Road
  2. Air
  3. Rail