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23 June, 2009
Responding to speculation in the
Yorkshire Evening Post that funds committed to the proposed Leeds
NGT trolleybus scheme could be diverted to London, Metro Director
General, Kieran Preston said today
"As the article in the Yorkshire
Evening Post states, this is speculation and Leeds cannot base
plans for the future of its transport systems on rumours.
"The Yorkshire and Humber Regional
Transport Board, which controls funds allocated by the Government
to be spent on transport in this region, made NGT the number one
priority and has committed over £1/4bn of this regional
funding for the scheme.
"Since being directed by the
Government to develop a bus-based alternative to Leeds Supertram,
we have worked closely with the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT
officials have been involved at every stage in preparing proposals
for the NGT trolleybus system and we hold regular meetings with
them to discuss the scheme's progress.
"We will be submitting a business case
to the DfT in autumn which, thanks to the involvement and guidance
of DfT officials, we expect to be approved early in the New
"Meanwhile anyone who wants to find
out more about the NGT trolleybus system proposals can come along
to our exhibitions.
Link to the NGT web