Jordan’s ideas impress city transport bosses

Jordan Knight with his plan pictured at Metro with Coun James Lewis, Chairman of Metro and Coun Chris Townsley, Jordan's ward coauncillor.

Jordan Knight with his plan pictured at Metro with Coun James Lewis, Chairman of Metro and Coun Chris Townsley, Jordan's ward coauncillor.

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A YOUNGSTER’S big ideas for getting the city of Leeds moving have proved a huge hit with local transport bosses.

In fact, Jordan Knight’s plans for the much-anticipated Leeds trolleybus were so impressive that he was invited to meet some of the city’s top transport officials yesterday.

The 14-year-old, who lives in Horsforth, was invited to Metro’s head office on Wellington Street, Leeds city centre, after drawing up the plans.

He attended along with members of his family and met David Haskins of the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, as well as his local councillor Chris Townsley, who was the first to see Jordan’s suggestions.

Jordan’s grandmother Maureen Bates, from Pontefract, who went with him, told the YEP: “Jordan has always been really interested in drawing maps and he put these ideas together quite a while ago.

“He visited London and saw the Underground and how it links the city centre and that got him thinking.

“He was showing me his ideas before Christmas and I thought they were so good that I sent them to our local councillor in the hope he might send back a letter of encouragement.

“But instead, Jordan was invited to go to Metro for the day and meet with some of the people there and talk about his suggestions and their ideas for the trolleybus.”

As reported in the YEP earlier this month, Leeds has become the first city in the UK to get a modern trolleybus system after ambitious plans were approved by Transport Secretary Justine Greening. The system is expected to generate around 4,000 jobs and will cost around £250m.

The trolleybus has rubber tyres and runs on overhead electric power.

Maureen added: “It was a great day for Jordan and they were really impressed with his ideas. He told them what he would do and they told him some of the things they do there to keep the city moving.”

She added: “We’re all really proud of him.”

Work on the trolleybus, which has been called New Generation Transport, will see the city centre linked with park-and-ride sites in Holt Park and Stourton.

The system is expected to start being built in 2016, and up and running by 2018.

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