Portsmouth’s buses of yesteryear

In the first third of the last century we see a packed tram travelling east along a flooded Clarendon Road, Southsea.  (Barry Cox collection)

NOSTALGIA: Angry parkie would tell us, in no uncertain terms, to clear off!

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Here we see a trolleybus in London Road, North End, Portsmouth, in 1939.

In June 1934 Ben Hall, the general manager of Portsmouth Corporation Tramways, recommended that the council should ‘scrap the trams entirely and as soon as possible substitute the trolleybus’.

A trolley bus in North End, Portsmouth, in 1939

A trolley bus in North End, Portsmouth, in 1939

This proposal was taken up and in that same year the first electric trolleybus went into service in the city.

Our video showing trolleybuses on Portsmouth’s streets in the 1950s was compiled by bus enthusiast Matt Spanner