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Marian Hobbs backs retention of trolley buses

Published: Tue 21 Dec 2004 08:49 AM
Marian Hobbs backs retention of trolley buses
Wellington Central MP and Environment Minister, Marian Hobbs, has expressed concern to Transport Minister Pete Hodgson that Wellington's new trolley buses may be under threat from public funder Land Transport New Zealand.
Greater Wellington Regional Council has been asked by LTNZ to justify the expense of keeping trolley buses rather than opting for diesel buses.
"There are strong environmental reasons for trolley buses and these benefits must be taken into account when comparisons are made with the costs of operating diesel buses," Marian Hobbs said. "I am 100 per cent behind Greater Wellington's efforts to see the trolley bus fleet upgraded.
"I will contact regional council chairman, Ian Buchanan and offer to attend any meetings he is having with LTNZ about the trolley bus fleet upgrade.
"Wellington and its trolley buses are the envy of other cities, ratepayers want the trolleys retained and and its incredibly important we keep them."

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