Leeds meeting looks at life without the trolleybus

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Leeds may still be months away from learning the fate of its trolleybus plans but residents in the north of the city are already preparing for life without the £250m scheme.

A number of public meetings have been organised in Headingley, Hyde Park and Weetwood where transport issues affecting the area are up for discussion.

The next meeting will take place at Leeds City Academy on Friday, June 12, and will have the theme “If Not The Trolleybus...?”.

Former University of Leeds transport expert Peter Bonsall will outline his proposals for keeping Otley Road on the move in the event of a Government thumbs-down for trolleybus.

Alan Slomson, chairman of North Hyde Park Neighbourhood Association, which has organised the meeting, said: “He will talk about the general principles behind his suggestions and will concentrate on ideas that would affect the Hyde Park area. Some of these are likely to be controversial!”

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Government ministers are expected to announce at the end of this year or the start of next whether the New Generation Transport (NGT) trolleybus scheme will go ahead.

Mr Bonsall has been developing his ideas on Otley Road’s traffic management on behalf of the North West Leeds Transport Forum, one of the main critics of NGT.

The publicly-funded trolleybus system would run via Otley Road as part of its route between Holt Park in the north of Leeds and Stourton in the south.

Next Friday’s meeting at Bedford Field-based Leeds City Academy starts at 7pm.