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Business bosses back Leeds trolleybus plans

ARTIST'S IMPRESSION: How the new service might look in the centre of Leeds.
ARTIST'S IMPRESSION: How the new service might look in the centre of Leeds.
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New plans for the Leeds trolleybus have been unveiled as city leaders prepare to ask the Government for the powers to press ahead with the £250m scheme.

The single biggest change to the project will see the creation of a public transport only ‘corridor’ running from the Parkinson Steps at Leeds University into the city centre.

A dedicated stop will also be built to serve the Leeds Arena at the top of Cookridge Street.

Business leaders have backed the New Generation Transport (NGT) scheme as Leeds City Council prepares to decide early next month whether to ask ministers for the legal powers it needs to begin the work.

Mark Goldstone, from the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “As well as driving economic regeneration, good transport networks are vital if employers are to have access to the workforce they need to grow and expand.

“There are many areas where local firms have the skills and experience to play key roles in the delivery of the scheme and it’s vital that we make the most of these opportunities to maximise the benefits of NGT to the local economy.”

Supporters of the NGT scheme say it could help create up to 4,000 jobs and add £176m to the Leeds economy every year.

“Residents and businesses will be able to have their say on the latest proposals when they are discussed at a meeting of the council’s city plans panel on June 25.

Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for development and the economy, said: “This scheme is vital for the future of Leeds.

“It will boost the economy and will make the city a more attractive proposition for developers and investors.”

NGT services are due to start in 2020.

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