Leeds trolleybus charm mission

FRESH PUSH: A total of 5,000 leaflets, giving information on the trolleybus, will be going out.
FRESH PUSH: A total of 5,000 leaflets, giving information on the trolleybus, will be going out.
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Leeds trolleybus bosses are launching a fresh push to win the hearts and minds of the city’s public.

Consultation events aimed at people living along the southern section of the New Generation Transport (NGT) network are due to get under way next month.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro today also confirmed around 5,000 leaflets giving information on the trolleybus plans would be going out to homes across Belle Isle. The south Leeds awareness campaign follows a series of consultation events aimed at people living along the northern section of the NGT system.

Dave Haskins, NGT project director for Metro, said: “Since we started drop-in sessions in November last year, more than 500 people have attended one or more of the nine events.

“We have found that some people had previously not engaged in the process or had simply forgotten the details of NGT, while others were concerned about the plans due to the myths and misinformation being circulated by the scheme’s opponents.”

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Plans for the £250m trolleybus project were drawn up after Leeds’s Supertram light rail scheme was axed in 2005 amid worries about rising costs.

Ministers approved funding for the new system in July last year and construction is now expected 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”.

Information about forthcoming consultation events will be available shortly from the www.ngtmetro.com website.

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