The city of Leeds may have to wait until the start of next year to learn what the future holds for its trolleybus plans.
A public inquiry into the proposed scheme finished in October and a report on its findings is due for completion around May.
But now it has been confirmed that it could take several further months for the Government to assess the findings and decide whether to give the New Generation Transport (NGT) project the green light.
The scheme’s co-promoter, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), today told the Yorkshire Evening Post it was expecting a verdict at the end of this year or the start of next.
A WYCA spokesman said the timescale was standard for a scheme the size of NGT, which would cost £250m and run between Holt Park in the north of the city and Stourton in the south.
Construction work on the system could start by early 2017 if the plans get the thumbs-up.
NGT supporters say the scheme would be worth £175m each year to the Leeds economy.
However, critics claim it would offer poor value for money and damage the environment.
As previously reported by the YEP, the cost of the six-month inquiry into the project has been estimated at as much as £2.6m.
The WYCA includes what was Metro, West Yorkshire’s passenger transport authority. Its fellow NGT promoter is Leeds City Council.