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Leeds trolleybus scheme moves ahead

The UK’s first modern trolleybus scheme in Leeds will benefit from £235M worth of Government funding and has received Programme Entry status from the Department for Transport.

The decision means that Leeds can move forward with detailed planning for the £254M scheme, which would deliver a high-quality rapid transport system similar to those in Athens and Lyon to transport people into Leeds city centre.

Like trams, trolleybuses are powered by overhead electric cables. But while trams run on tracks, the trolleybus would use the road either alongside other vehicles or on its own segregated routes, and have priority at junctions on routes in South and North Leeds.

Transport Minister Sadiq Khan said the government is committed to delivering major improvements in Leeds and the surrounding areas.

“This is fantastic news for Leeds. An efficient and reliable transport system is critical to any local community.”

Sadiq Khan, Transport Minister

“This is fantastic news for Leeds,” he said. “An efficient and reliable transport system is critical to any local community. This is why we’re investing significant amounts of money in infrastructure in towns and cities across the country.

“Today’s announcement seeks to tackle congestion in the city at peak times, whilst presenting sustainable and practical alternatives to the car.”

The proposals would mean a £235M contribution from the Department for Transport, with the remaining funding being provided by local authorities.

While he was in Leeds, Sadiq Khan also announced Programme Entry status for a £15M scheme to help to improve access to Leeds City Station.

The scheme would see the construction of a new entrance over the River Aire providing easy, step free access to the station by way of the Western Footbridge.

Readers' comments (1)

  • At long, long last a UK trolleybus scheme is, hopefully, to come to fruition - and not a million miles from Bradford, the 'first-generation' pioneer. Now, UK will have a benchmark from which to judge modern city high-frequency low-carbon public transport schemes. Congratulations to Councillor J.Stanley King who for so long has pioneered the return of the most logical, environmentally-friendly and appropriate hill-climbing form of city transport. Now let's have a few windmills or other means of friendly power provision, to drive home the advantages!!
    Ted Gadsby

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