Trolleybuses in Lecce
|Lecce trolleybus system|
|The system's first trolleybus, during a
ceremonial "inauguration" in 2007
|Locale||Lecce, Apulia, Italy|
|Open||12 January 2012|
|Website||SGM Lecce (Italian)|
Opened in January 2012, the system presently comprises two urban routes, but is planned to expand to three, with a total route length of 28 km (17 mi).
The network was made possible thanks to state funding authorised by the law 211 of 26 February 1992 (Interventions in the field of mass rapid transport systems). The tender for its construction was won by a consortium made up of Sirti (it), Van Hool NV, Imet Spa and Vossloh Kiepe GmbH.
In 2007, the work was completed. The operator, SGM Lecce, formally opened the network in the presence of the then-mayor, Adriana Poli Portone, and ran an inaugural tour. However, a series of bureaucratic problems then delayed the entry of the network into service.
On 31 March 2010, SGM appointed a director of trolleybus operations, a move that facilitated commencement of procedures for driver training. Even so, the network was not finally opened until 12 January 2012, and that opening was of only one route (29).
The Lecce trolleybus lines are as follows:
- 29: Via Francesco Calasso - city centre - Lecce railway station
- 30/31: Lecce railway station - Via Francesco Calasso (circular lines)
- Cugini, Omar (August–September 2010). "Bari e Lecce, luci ed ombre per i filobus pugliesi" [Bari and Lecce, the light and shade of Puglian trolleybuses]. Il Pendolare Magazine. Retrieved 21 January 2012. (Italian)
- "Il giro inaugurale del filobus della discordia" [The inaugural trolleybus lap of discord]. Lecce Prima. 11 May 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2012. (Italian)
- Lehmann, Jürgen. "Lecce (IT) - Endlich eröffnet!" [Lecce (IT) - Finally opened!]. TrolleyMotion website. TrolleyMotion. Retrieved 21 January 2012. (German)
- Trolleybus Magazine No. 309 (May–June 2013), p. 78. National Trolleybus Association (UK). ISSN 0266-7452.
- Trolleybus city: Lecce (Italien) at Trolleymotion (English)
This article is based upon a translation of the Italian language version as at January 2012.