It’s a familiar commuter nightmare for Wellingtonians: your trolley bus becomes detached from its overhead line, and you and everyone in the buses behind you are stuck while the driver gets out and hooks it up again. All that is about to end with the demise of the trolleys in 2017 – but not everyone is happy about the decision to scrap them.
They are expected to be almost five minutes faster during your morning commute and 10 minutes quicker when the roads have cleared at night.
They should leave you breathing air that is almost 40 per cent cleaner in just three short years, and be comfortable, modern, reliable and less of a drain on your pocket as a ratepayer.
Like most Wellingtonians I have an emotional attachment to the trolleys, but the decision is a sensible one.