A 60-seater Trolley-bus.
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Rai'leas vehicles to carry 60 passengers in one compartment are said to be proposed in Bradford to take the place of the tramcars on routes where it would be too expensive to relay worn-out tracks. Some miles of track on important routes of the Bradford tramway services will have to be nelaid this yeas, and on the eight miles which it is imperative should be renewed it is estimated that the expenditure will he £145,000, the renewals bill during the next few years under the present system being estimated at £250,030.
To _buy suitable trolley-buses and to adapt the overhead equipment on these routes would, it is estimated, cost only £71,000. The whole matter is to be considered by the tramways committee shortly, and it is understood that attention will then be paid to the matter of providing an improved type of railless vehicle.
Al. present there are a number of single-deck vehicles and one four-wheel and one six-wheel double-deck vehicle in use in the city, but it is understood that the tramways manager (Mr. R. H. Wilkinson) has already submitted plans for
a single-saloon railless vehicle to carry 60 passengers, which is double the acCoinniodation provided by the ordinary railless Vehicle in use and almost equivalent to the load carried by a double-deck • tramcar. which Is issued in concise tabular form, is most instructive..
We note that six public companies interested in motor vehicles were registered during the year, their combined capital being £1,107,5150, and tIat 674 private companies similarly interested were registered in the same period with a combined capital of £2,454,375. Of companies interested in oil no fewer than 60 were registered with a combined capital of 12,846,515, 10 of these being public companies.
The average capital of the companies registered in 1923 was -£13,362 as compared with £15,138 for the previous year and with £55,447 for the year 1920.