Transport chiefs field Leeds trolleybus questions

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TRANSPORT bosses in Leeds are taking to the streets in a bid to win over the city’s trolleybus doubters.

Officials from West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro and Leeds City Council are holding two open-air information events next week.

Members of the public will be able to quiz them about the trolleybus scheme outside Debenhams on Briggate from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday. (July 16)

Another event will then be held outside Sainsbury’s in Dortmund Square from 10am to 4pm on Saturday. (July 20)

The council’s executive member for economy and development, Coun Richard Lewis, said: “The public consultation sessions that have already been held were very productive so I’d like to thank all those who took part in them.

“Feedback from the public is vital in helping us to shape the plans the best we can in order to provide Leeds with a modern rapid transport system so I would urge others to take part in these next information events to ensure their views are heard.”

Construction work on Leeds’s trolleybus network is due to start in 2017 or 2018.

The system will link the city centre with Holt Park in the north and Stourton in the south and is designed to ease traffic congestion on the local road network.

However, campaigners have claimed the £250m scheme will offer “pitiful” value for money while Leeds East MP George Mudie has condemned it as “unambitious”. WHAT DO YOU THINK? Click here to register and have your say on the stories and issues that matter to you