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.
- List the various modes/types of public transport systems currently available in
- Compare the above modes of transport in terms of operation, efficiency,
connectivity, price and level of use. You should use a table for this.
- Explain the possible improvements that could be made to the existing modes
to attract more passengers. (5 Marks)
- Discuss the engineering constraints you would face in trying to expand each of
the existing public transport networks. (5 Marks)
- Explain how the possible introduction of the trolley bus system (NGT) would
have affected the other modes of public transport. (5 Marks)
- 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)
- Explain the factors that would affect the location of the route for the trolley bus
system in Leeds. (5 Marks)
- 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)
- 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;