The planners of the trolleybus scheme say they are listening to the public, but I don’t think they are. They seem anxious to complete their plans as soon as possible, rather than looking properly at better alternatives.
So much time and money have already been spent, that the scheme is in danger of creating its own logic. Those who support it – usually living far from the proposed route – talk airily of the importance of a trolleybus for the image of the town. Such talk is dangerous.
Those of us who have lived in Headingley for a long time well remember what the traffic planners wanted to do to our area in order to justify the slogan: “Leeds: motorway city of the 70s”. Does civic pride always have to come before a fall?