This site advocates that the west London tram scheme is abandoned in favour of a trolleybus solution
which will have the same order of benefits as the proposed tram scheme but without the expense and disruption of providing tram tracks
or large scale demolition of businesses properties. Our map below shows 'Route 907' as the trolleybus route
running from Uxbridge to Shepherds Bush, as the
tram would, but with the possibility of using the same
pollution free vehicles for the night time service onto Holborn using onboard power supplies.
The need for overhead wiring for much, or all, of this night time extension is therefore eliminated.
Again, the spur service to Ealing hospital will not need to have overhead wiring as it is envisaged that this
part of the service would also use onboard power supplies. Similarly the trolleybus depot will not use any
significant overhead wiring and requires no greater land grab than needed for a tram depot. There won't be
complex trackwork or obtrusive overhead that a tram yard will spawn either.
This maybe just one trolleybus route [albeit a spinal one], but it could be part of a wider
network of trolleybus routes serving London which would be affordable
from the financial savings from the tram scheme.
It would certainly bring travelling benefits to a much larger area of London than just the Uxbridge Road corridor, but
present day attitudes in the UK towards public transport provision makes it difficult to predict when,
or if, such a network would be built.
The multiplicity of bus routes that uses the Uxbridge Road corridor are shown, these sometimes just
cross the corridor, but in many cases they run along the Uxbridge Road. A trolleybus scheme would neatly
interface with these bus services in a way that is difficult to achieve with the proposed design criteria by TfL
for the West London Tram where separate tram stations and bus stops are planned.