End destination up ahead for Leeds trolleybus inquiry

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THE PUBLIC inquiry into Leeds’s controversial trolleybus plans is moving into its final stages.

Closing submissions are due to get under way on Tuesday, with the inquiry coming to an end next Friday, October 31.

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Objectors scheduled to make their case next week include transport giant First, which wants Leeds to ditch trolleybus in favour of a conventional bus scheme. This week’s proceedings, meanwhile, are due to include an unspecified number of site visits tomorrow. (Oct 23)

Chaired by Government-appointed inspector Martin Whitehead and taking place in the middle of Leeds, the New Generation Transport (NGT) inquiry began in April.

Ministers will decide whether to give the public sector-backed scheme the go-ahead after considering a report on the inquiry’s findings.

Supporters of NGT, such as Coun James Lewis, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s transport committee, say it would hand the Leeds economy a significant boost.

Critics, however, argue that it represents poor value for money and would damage the environment.

If it gets the green light, the £250m system would link Holt Park in the north of Leeds with Stourton in the south, passing through traffic-choked areas such as Headingley and Hyde Park.

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