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Welcoming the announcement that the Government has now agreed
'Programme Entry Approval' and £235m funding for the proposed
Leeds New Generation Transport (NGT) trolleybus network, and the new southern entrance for Leeds Station, Metro
Chairman Cllr Ryk Downes said,
"These two important transport developments will provide a major
economic boost to the Leeds City Region.
"NGT will mean quicker journeys into and around Leeds, which
will in turn result in new jobs and business opportunities for
people across West Yorkshire and beyond," he continued.
"Metro and Leeds City Council are determined that the vital east
link to St James's Hospital and the city centre loop will go ahead
and we will be investigating ways in which the £15m needed to
complete them can be raised.
"The NGT Trolleybus network has the potential to tackle
congestion and reduce the city's carbon footprint," said Cllr
Andrew Carter, Joint Leader of Leeds City Council.
"It will speed the Leeds City Region's recovery from recession,
boost its economy and enhance its ability to compete on the
national and international stage.
"An efficient and reliable transport system is critical to any
local community, said Transport Minister Sadiq Khan announcing the
trolleybus funding in Leeds today, "This is why we're investing
significant amounts of money in infrastructure in towns and cities
across the country."
"This investment underlines the Government's commitment to
delivering major improvements in Leeds and the surrounding
Having gained 'Programme Entry Approval', the NGT project team
can now begin the formal process for obtaining the legal powers
needed to operate a modern trolleybus network. The powers will be
sought through a 'Transport and Works Act Order' this Autumn,
followed by a Public Inquiry in 2011, and construction could then
begin in 2013 with the UK's first new trolleybuses operating by
Watch the New Generation Transport video (NGT
Now that it has gained Government approval, the Leeds Station
Southern Entrance could be open in 2012.
June 2010: Frustration at major projects