Around 60 people attended last night’s NGT Drop In event at St Paul’s Church Hall in Ireland Wood. Six members of the New Generation Transport team were on hand to take people through the plans, discuss the project and answer people’s questions.
“Although about a third of the people that were there last night had been to previous consultation road-shows or drop-in events, there was a wide range of questions,”
said NGT Project Director Dave Haskins.
“Some of these were due to the fact that people had simply forgotten the details of NGT while others were due to the range of myths that appear to be circulating about the scheme.
“While we accept there will always be certain individuals who oppose the scheme, we were able to counter some of the misinformation and help to ease some people’s concerns.”
This is the third drop-in event held in the last few weeks and more are being arranged in the new year. A major engagement exercise was carried out along the route in 2009, but when the coalition suspended the scheme as part of its Comprehensive Spending Review in 2010 engagement events were put on hold.
“Among people’s concerns about NGT were the effect it would have on existing bus services, its environmental impact and the effect on local traffic and its cost,”
“We reported that in other cities where rapid transit systems have been introduced there have been good examples of integration with other bus services without significant detrimental effects and that ABOWY, the Association of Bus Operators in West Yorkshire, has said its members are committed to innovations that will lead to greater connectivity.
“We also explained that while some trees would have to be removed for NGT it is nothing like the wholesale felling on Otley Road being predicted by some and that while there was an option to take the route across the section of Monument Moor, which is often used to provide temporary parking, the NGT route would not encroach on Woodhouse Moor itself.
“In terms of cost, we did point out that the £173.5m committed to NGT by the Government was the last opportunity for anywhere to gain this kind of large scheme funding but that the Department for Transport has specified the money can only be used to develop a trolleybus scheme. To change tack now would mean losing that funding.”
More information about NGT can be found at www.ngtmetro.com and any group that would like members of the NGT team to come along and give a presentation and Q&A on the project, should contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org marked ‘presentation request’ in the subject line or write to NGT, Wellington House, Leeds, LS1 2DE.
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