Residents in Hunslet and across South Leeds will be able to attend two consultation events about ambitious plans for the new Leeds trolleybus scheme.
Costing £250m, the New Generation Transport (NGT) network will link park and ride sites at the north and south edge of Leeds with the city centre.
Leeds is the first UK city to get a modern trolleybus. It will be in place by 2018 subject to a public inquiry.
NGT’s Line One will run from Holt Park in north Leeds into and through Leeds city centre and on to Stourton in the south of the city near the M1/M621intersection. With around 3,000 Park & Ride spaces in total, the route runs along the A660 through Lawnswood, Headingley and Hyde Park. It passes the universities and the new Leeds Arena and crosses the city centre via Park Row, City Square and the Rail Station before heading south via Clarence (New) Dock and through the centre of Hunslet to Stourton.
Consultation events – where local residents can give feedback – include:
Time: 3.00 to 4.30pm Date: Thursday 7th February 2013 Place: Hunslet Library, Waterloo Road, LS10 2NS
Time: 5.30 to 7.00pm Date: Thursday 7th February 2013 Place: St Mary’s Primary School, School Hall, Church Street, LS10 2QY
Campaigners in the Hyde Park and Woodhouse area of Leeds are already proposing an alteration to the route around the Woodhouse Moor area.Check out one opponent’s view which was recently posted on Youtube:
An NGT spokesperson recently told Calendar:
“This is great news for our region, by speeding up journeys into and around Leeds, improving local connectivity and preventing the growth of congestion, NGT will provide a £160m per annum boost to the local economy and the creation of 4,000 permanent jobs.Transport is a key driver of productivity, and investment in local transport infrastructure is investment in the long-term economic future of the Leeds City Region.”
Earlier this week South Leeds Life reported how the new High Speed Rail line is earmarked to come through South Leeds. There are also plans for a new rail station to accommodate the trains. The new platforms will run from the junction of Jack Lane and Leathley Road.
What do you think of the trolleybus plans? Good or bad for the area or for Leeds in general? Have your say in the comments section below.