New events confirmed as part of preparations for Leeds trolleybus scheme

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People in south Leeds can find out more about the city’s trolleybus plans at events taking place next week.

Drop-in sessions are being held at St John & St Barnabas Church’s Belle Isle Family Centre on Wednesday (May 1) and West Grange Church on Thursday. (May 2) Both events run from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Attendees will be able to speak to members of the team in charge of the trolleybus – or New Generation Transport (NGT) – project.

Topics up for discussion will include a recent change to the system’s proposed route that would take it through Belle Isle, along Belle Isle Road and Winrose Grove.

NGT project director Dave Haskins said: “We have carried out quite a few of these drop-in events in the last six months or so and have been able to answer a wide range of people’s questions and concerns as well as correcting some of the myths that have been circulating about the scheme.”

Project details are also available at the website. Comments can be e-mailed to or posted to NGT, Wellington House, Leeds, LS1 2DE.

Ministers approved funding for the £250m trolleybus system in July last year and construction is due to begin in 2016.

The network will link the city centre with Holt Park in the north and Stourton in the south.

Leeds’s trolleybus proposals have drawn criticism, however, from people worried about their possible effect on green areas like Woodhouse Moor. Leeds East MP George Mudie has also condemned the scheme as “unambitious”.