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Trolleybus Scheme Suspended

July 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
The Leeds Trolleybus scheme designed to connect Holt park to the City Centre has been put on hold.

The Leeds Trolleybus network was put on hold last month along with the Holt Park Wellbeing Centre in a double blow to Holt Park and the whole of  North West of Leeds.

In a similar vain to the Leeds Supertram which was shelved in 2005, the Trolleybus network has been suspended.

In a visit to Leeds yesterday, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond insisted that the Leeds Trolleybus plans had not been axed, just placed under review.

The Trolleybus network, under the title New Generation Transport (NGT) is to be reviewed as the new coalition government attempt to tackle the budget deficit.

Mr Hammond said: “It would be wrong to say its fate has been sealed. Nothing has been ruled in, nothing has been ruled out.”

The proposed Trolleybus scheme would have brought a zero emission mode of transport, seen in cosmopolitan cities around the world from Rio de Janeiro to Lyon, right here to Holt Park.

The £254 million project would see three routes take shape across Leeds. The northern route would run from the city centre to Holt Park

Trolley bus northern route from the city centre to Holt Park

The fate of the Trolleybus project will be decided in October in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

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