List of trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom

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This is a list of trolleybus systems in the United Kingdom by Home Nation and by regions of England. It includes:


There are currently no operational trolleybus systems in the UK.

In the United Kingdom the first trolleybus systems were inaugurated on 20 June 1911 [1] in Bradford and Leeds, although public service in Bradford did not commence until 24 June. [1] Coincidentally, the UK's last trolleybus service also operated in Bradford, on 26 March 1972. [1] [2]

A Walsall trolleybus at the Black Country Living Museum BCLM Wallsall trolleybus.jpg
A Walsall trolleybus at the Black Country Living Museum

England (by region)

East Midlands

Name of systemLocationDate (from)Date (to)Notes
  Chesterfield 23 May 192724 March 1938See also Trolleybuses in Chesterfield.
  Derby 9 January 19329 September 1967See also Trolleybuses in Derby.
  Nottingham 10 April 192730 June 1966See also Trolleybuses in Nottingham.
Notts & Derby Traction CompanyNottingham7 January 193225 April 1953See also Trolleybuses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

East of England

Name of systemLocationDate (from)Date (to)Notes
  Ipswich 2 September 192323 August 1963See also Trolleybuses in Ipswich.
  Southend-on-Sea 16 October 192528 October 1954See also Trolleybuses in Southend-on-Sea.

Greater London

Name of systemLocationDate (from)Date (to)Notes
  London 1912-Demonstration
16 May 19318 May 1962See also Trolleybuses in London.

North East England

Name of systemLocationDate (from)Date (to)Notes
  Darlington 17 January 192631 July 1957See also Trolleybuses in Darlington.
  Hartlepool 28 February 19242 April 1953See also Trolleybuses in Hartlepool.
Tees-side Railless Traction Board Middlesbrough 8 November 19194 April 1971See also Trolleybuses in Teesside.
  Newcastle upon Tyne 1 October 19351 October 1966See also Trolleybuses in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  South Shields 12 October 193629 April 1964See also Trolleybuses in South Shields.

North West England

Name of systemLocationDate (from)Date (to)Notes
South Lancashire Transport Company Atherton 3 August 193031 August 1958See also Trolleybuses in South Lancashire.
  St Helens 11 July 19271 July 1958See also Trolleybuses in St Helens.
  Blackpool 1983 Demonstration.
Manchester Corporation Transport Manchester 1 March 193830 December 1966See also Trolleybuses in Manchester.
  Ashton-under-Lyne 26 August 192530 December 1966See also Trolleybuses in Ashton-under-Lyne.
  Oldham 26 August 19255 September 1926 
  Ramsbottom 14 August 191331 March 1931System closed officially in 1928.[ citation needed ] Occasional operation thereafter to 31 March 1931. [1] See also Trolleybuses in Ramsbottom.
  Stockport 10 March 191311 September 1920See also Trolleybuses in Stockport.
  Wigan 7 May 192530 September 1931See also Trolleybuses in Wigan.

South East England

Name of systemLocationDate (from)Date (to)Notes
Brighton Corporation Transport (BCT) Brighton 23 December 1913

1 May 1939

16 September 1914

30 June 1961

See also Trolleybuses in Brighton.
Brighton, Hove & District Omnibus Company (BHC)Brighton3 March 194624 March 1959All Brighton trolleybuses were lettered "Brighton, Hove & District Transport".
See also Trolleybuses in Brighton.
Hastings Tramways Co. Hastings 1 April 192831 May 1959A wholly owned subsidiary of Maidstone & District Motor Services from 1935.
See also Trolleybuses in Hastings.
Maidstone Corporation Transport Maidstone 1 May 192815 April 1967See also Trolleybuses in Maidstone.
Portsmouth Corporation Transport Portsmouth 4 August 193427 July 1963See also Trolleybuses in Portsmouth.
Reading Corporation Tramways Reading 18 July 1936 [3] 3 November 1968See also Trolleybuses in Reading.

South West England

Name of systemLocationDate (from)Date (to)Notes
Bournemouth Corporation Transport (BCT) Bournemouth & Christchurch13 May 193320 April 1969See also Trolleybuses in Bournemouth.

West Midlands

Name of systemLocationDate (from)Date (to)Notes
  Birmingham 27 November 192230 June 1951See also Trolleybuses in Birmingham.
  Wolverhampton 29 October 19235 March 1967See also Trolleybuses in Wolverhampton.
  Walsall 22 July 19313 October 1970See also Trolleybuses in Walsall.

Yorkshire and the Humber

Name of systemLocationDate (from)Date (to)Notes
  Bradford 20 June 191126 March 1972The last trolleybus system (apart from museum lines) in the UK. [2] See also Trolleybuses in Bradford.
  Doncaster 22 August 192814 December 1963See also Trolleybuses in Doncaster.
19851986 Demonstration
  Grimsby 3 October 19264 June 1960See also Trolleybuses in Grimsby.
  Cleethorpes 18 July 19374 June 1960See also Trolleybuses in Cleethorpes.
  Halifax 20 July 192124 October 1926See also Trolleybuses in Halifax.
Huddersfield Corporation Transport Trolleybuses Huddersfield 4 December 193313 July 1968See also Trolleybuses in Huddersfield.
  Keighley 3 May 191331 August 1932See also Trolleybuses in Keighley.
  Kingston upon Hull 23 July 193731 October 1964See also Trolleybuses in Kingston upon Hull.
  Leeds 20 June 191126 July 1928See also Trolleybuses in Leeds.
  Rotherham 3 October 19122 October 1965See also Trolleybuses in Rotherham.
Mexborough and Swinton Traction Company Mexborough 31 August 191526 March 1961 
York Corporation Tramways York 22 December 19205 January 1935 


Name of SystemLocationDate (From)Date (To)Notes
  Dundee 5 September 191213 May 1914First UK system to close. [1] See also Trolleybuses in Dundee
Glasgow Corporation Transport Glasgow 3 April 194927 May 1967See also Trolleybuses in Glasgow.


Name of SystemLocationDate (From)Date (To)Notes
  Aberdare 14 January 19141 July 1925See also Trolleybuses in Aberdare.
  Cardiff 1 March 194211 January 1970See also Trolleybuses in Cardiff.
  Llanelli 26 December 19328 November 1952See also Trolleybuses in Llanelli.
  Pontypridd 18 September 193031 January 1957See also Trolleybuses in Pontypridd.
  Rhondda 22 December 19141 March 1915See also Trolleybuses in Rhondda.

Northern Ireland

Name of SystemLocationDate (From)Date (To)Notes
  Belfast 28 March 193812 May 1968See also Trolleybuses in Belfast.

Museums with working trolleybuses

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Further reading

  • Lockwood, Stephen (2011). Trackless to Trolleybus: Trolleybuses in Britain. Brora, Sutherland: Adam Gordon. ISBN   978-1-874422-86-0.
  • (2017). A–Z of British Trolleybuses. Ramsbury, Marlborough, UK: The Crowood Press. ISBN   9781785002892.