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Friday 6 February , 2009
Leeds City Region transport bosses
have welcomed the news that the Government's Transport Secretary
Geoff Hoon is backing the city's planned New Generation Transport
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post
newspaper Mr Hoon said he hoped Metro and Leeds City Council's
would be successful with their plans to overhaul public transport
in the city.
"I have had regular discussions with
the city about their proposals and I hope they are successful," he
told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Metro Chairman councillor Chris
Greaves said that Mr Hoon had recently visited Metro for what he
described as 'a very constructive meeting'.
"I am pleased to hear Mr Hoon remains
positive about our plans, that he will be giving NGT his help and
encouragement and that he is backing local solutions to local
problems," said Councillor Greaves.
"NGT is a key element of our long-term
strategy to improve public transport in Leeds, and the Leeds City
Region," said Leeds City Council leader Councillor Andrew
"We are already working closely with
Mr Hoon and his colleagues to bring the scheme to fruition and this
public declaration of support from the Minister can only help that
NGT is a brand-new, high-quality
transport system that would transport people into Leeds city
centre. New, fully accessible vehicles, which could be electrically
powered, would use dedicated lanes and have priority at junctions
making journeys, from park-and-ride sites on the city's edge,
faster and more reliable.
In January 2009, the Yorkshire and
Humber Regional Transport Board approved a further £98.8m of
funding for Phase 2 of NGT having already approved £150m for
the first phase of the scheme in June 2007.
Link to the Yorkshire
Evening Post story