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Two major Leeds City Region transport schemes head
the list of projects the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) claims
should be given high priority for funding.
New Generation Transport, the planned trolleybus network for
Leeds, and proposed new rail stations at Kirkstall Forge and
Apperley Bridge top the list of projects upon which the Campaign is
advising to focus.
Stephen Joseph, the Campaign for Better Transport's Chief
Executive, has written to the Department for Transport saying that
evidence shows priority should be given to public transport
projects in and around cities. They are also financially robust
proposals with a very low risk of failure which would provide
maximum economic stimulus, says Joseph in his letter.
"We have maintained all along that our proposed
schemes, which have received the highest levels of support from
local business leaders perform strongly in terms of benefits to the
regional and national economy," said Metro Chairman Cllr James
Lewis. "They will create thousands of permanent jobs, and help meet
the Government's aim of narrowing the north south divide and reduce
pressure on the local environment.
"The Campaign for Better Transport says that road schemes which
it describes as bypasses through the countryside don't help
transport problems, the environment or the economy, and has come
out against four schemes in particular," continued Lewis.
"However I am convinced that our third bid, for much needed
repairs to the Leeds Inner Ring Road which is already a key element
to moving traffic through and across the City Region, also
represents good value-for-money in terms of Government
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