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Published : 05/07/2012 00:00

Leeds to get UK's first modern Trollybus network

The go-ahead for Leeds to have the UK's first modern trolleybus network will deliver a massive boost for the region's economic recovery.

“I’m delighted to announce that Metro and Leeds City Council have been given approval for their job-creating, economy-boosting, environment-improving, time-saving, carbon-reducing, congestion-busting NGT trolleybus scheme,” said Metro Chairman Cllr James Lewis responding to the government’s announcement of £173.Go-ahead for Leeds to have the UK's first modern trolleybus network will deliver a massive boost for the region's economic recovery.

“I’m delighted to announce that Metro and Leeds City Council have been given approval for their job-creating, economy-boosting, environment-improving, time-saving, carbon-reducing, congestion-busting NGT trolleybus scheme,” said Metro Chairman Cllr James Lewis responding to the government’s announcement of £173.5m funding to enable the Leeds New Generation Transport (NGT) trolleybus network, the first modern trolleybus network in the UK, to go ahead.

“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,” he continued. “NGT will speed up our recovery from recession, boost our economy and enhance our ability to compete on the national and international stage,”

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Development & the Economy said,
“This is a huge injection of cash to the City Region, which will finally enable us to deliver a high-quality rapid transit network that is essential for a city of Leeds’ calibre. It will mean that Leeds becomes the first city in the UK to join the growing number of cities across Europe adopting this technology which is vital for our future economic growth and for the needs of our growing population.”

Having now gained ‘Programme Entry Approval’ Metro and Leeds City Council can now begin the formal process for obtaining the legal powers needed to operate a modern trolleybus network. These powers will be sought through a 'Transport and Works Act Order' this autumn, followed by a Public Inquiry in 2013, and construction could then begin in 2016 with the UK’s first new trolleybuses operating by 2018.

Details of the planned NGT trolleybus network can be found at www.wymetro.com

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For further information and CGI images of modern trolleybuses, contact Metro’s PR Office on 0113 251 7419 or john.stagg@wypte.gov.uk

Notes to Editors
Known as NGT, which stands for New Generation Transport, the proposed trolleybus network would link two new park-and-ride sites at the north and south edges of Leeds with the city centre, and would also connect the city’s universities And General Infirmary.

This would speed up journey times for people commuting to the city from across West Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region. It is also predicted that it could create 4,000 new jobs as well as other business opportunities.

Current designs are for approximately 63% of the route segregated from general traffic, with 40% of the overall route being for NGT vehicles only;

Approximately 3,000 park and ride spaces are planned; 2,200 of them at Stourton to the south of the city and 800 at Bodington to the north

The total length of the network would be 14km.

European cities such as Lyon, Zurich and Rome as well as others are already using modern trolleybuses, which deliver fast, smooth and quiet acceleration, without polluting the local environment. In Leeds, modern trolleybuses, which are easily accessible for wheelchair users and people with buggies, would use dedicated lanes wherever possible to help avoid congestion, making journeys quicker and more reliable.

Why NGT for Leeds and its City Region?Metro and Leeds City Council developed plans for a trolleybus network to provide a greener solution to growing traffic levels in the city after Leeds was told by the Government to develop a bus based transport scheme when its plans for a Supertram network were turned down in 2005.

What are trolleybuses?Modern Trolleybuses are buses that run on electricity from overhead wires. With better acceleration and braking performance, trolleybuses can outperform traditional diesel buses on flat stretches as well as on hills.

Like other electric vehicles, trolleybuses are quiet and do not pollute the local environment.

Modern trolleybuses usually have a small auxiliary engine or power source to enable them to travel independently from the overhead wires if required which means they can travel round obstacles.

Some cities across Europe refer to modern trolleybus as “ebus”. Further information relating to ebus can be found at the following link. http://www.trolley-project.eu/ 5m funding to enable the Leeds New Generation Transport (NGT) trolleybus network, the first modern trolleybus network in the UK, to go ahead.

“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,” he continued. “NGT will speed up our recovery from recession, boost our economy and enhance our ability to compete on the national and international stage,”

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Development & the Economy said,
“This is a huge injection of cash to the City Region, which will finally enable us to deliver a high-quality rapid transit network that is essential for a city of Leeds’ calibre. It will mean that Leeds becomes the first city in the UK to join the growing number of cities across Europe adopting this technology which is vital for our future economic growth and for the needs of our growing population.”

Having now gained ‘Programme Entry Approval’ Metro and Leeds City Council can now begin the formal process for obtaining the legal powers needed to operate a modern trolleybus network. These powers will be sought through a 'Transport and Works Act Order' this autumn, followed by a Public Inquiry in 2013, and construction could then begin in 2016 with the UK’s first new trolleybuses operating by 2018.

Details of the planned NGT trolleybus network can be found at www.wymetro.com

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For further information and CGI images of modern trolleybuses, contact Metro’s PR Office on 0113 251 7419 or john.stagg@wypte.gov.uk

Notes to Editors
Known as NGT, which stands for New Generation Transport, the proposed trolleybus network would link two new park-and-ride sites at the north and south edges of Leeds with the city centre, and would also connect the city’s universities And General Infirmary.

This would speed up journey times for people commuting to the city from across West Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region. It is also predicted that it could create 4,000 new jobs as well as other business opportunities.

Current designs are for approximately 63% of the route segregated from general traffic, with 40% of the overall route being for NGT vehicles only;

Approximately 3,000 park and ride spaces are planned; 2,200 of them at Stourton to the south of the city and 800 at Bodington to the north

The total length of the network would be 14km.

European cities such as Lyon, Zurich and Rome as well as others are already using modern trolleybuses, which deliver fast, smooth and quiet acceleration, without polluting the local environment. In Leeds, modern trolleybuses, which are easily accessible for wheelchair users and people with buggies, would use dedicated lanes wherever possible to help avoid congestion, making journeys quicker and more reliable.

Why NGT for Leeds and its City Region?

Metro and Leeds City Council developed plans for a trolleybus network to provide a greener solution to growing traffic levels in the city after Leeds was told by the Government to develop a bus based transport scheme when its plans for a Supertram network were turned down in 2005.

What are trolleybuses?

Modern Trolleybuses are buses that run on electricity from overhead wires. With better acceleration and braking performance, trolleybuses can outperform traditional diesel buses on flat stretches as well as on hills.

Like other electric vehicles, trolleybuses are quiet and do not pollute the local environment.

Modern trolleybuses usually have a small auxiliary engine or power source to enable them to travel independently from the overhead wires if required which means they can travel round obstacles.

Some cities across Europe refer to modern trolleybus as “ebus”. Further information relating to ebus can be found at the following link. http://www.trolley-project.eu/