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YEP readers give Leeds trolleybus scheme the thumbs-down

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The Leeds trolleybus scheme has been given the thumbs-down by people taking part in a Yorkshire Evening Post poll.

THE LEEDS trolleybus scheme has been given the thumbs-down by people taking part in a Yorkshire Evening Post poll.

More than 7,500 votes have been cast over the last three weeks in the online poll, which asked whether the New Generation Transport (NGT) project was a good or a bad thing for Leeds.

Just over 70 per cent of respondents decided that the £250m scheme would be bad for the city.

Reaction to the result was led by Coun James Lewis, chairman of West Yorkshire passenger transport authority and NGT co-promoter Metro.

He said: “It is inevitable at this point in a scheme of this scale that people will have concerns that can be heightened by rumour and information from activists campaigning against the scheme. However we are working closely with the people who have contacted us and have found that when they have seen and discussed the actual details of our plans, their concerns are largely alleviated.”

The poll findings come as Metro continues its efforts to rebut criticism of NGT, part of which would serve the north of the city along the A660.

Earlier this month, First, the biggest bus operator in Leeds, said a fleet of state-of-the-art double deckers would deliver the same benefits as trolleybus at a fraction of the cost.

Coun Lewis has now addressed First’s claims in a letter sent to every councillor in Leeds. In the letter, he says: “First services on the A660 are operated without competition and are considered to be highly profitable. It is therefore natural that First would object to a scheme that threatens their enjoyment of a monopoly position.”

The fate of the scheme will be decided following a public inquiry.

 

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