Leeds trolleybus ‘to affect 3,000 properties’

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THE Leeds trolleybus system could have a direct impact on as many as 3,000 properties along its route.

Transport bosses have previously said that about 20 buildings will have to be demolished to create space for the network.

Now they have confirmed that altogether about 3,000 business and domestic properties could be in some way “affected” by the New Generation Transport (NGT) project.

Potential impacts include low-voltage overhead wire fixings being attached to buildings and pieces of roadside verge being claimed for the £250m scheme.

Anti-trolleybus campaigner Bill McKinnon described the 3,000 figure as “staggering”.

The revelation follows yesterday’s announcement by the Government that NGT will be the subject of a public inquiry.

It will be chaired by an independent inspector whose report will help decide whether the scheme gets the final go-ahead. NGT bosses at Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro welcomed the inquiry, which will take place next spring.

Metro chairman Councillor James Lewis said an inquiry had been “inevitable” with a project the size of trolleybus adding: “It will be a good opportunity for (us) to present the significant transport and economic benefits that will result from what will be one of the UK largest’s transport schemes outside London.”