Hypocrisy of Leeds Council’s ‘planes first’ approach to transport – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Bill McKinnon, Leeds.

THE Connecting Leeds Transport Strategy talks about “mixed modes of transport,” “delivering a mass transit system” and “increasing modal split”.

These are all left over expressions from New Generation Transport, the 
failed trolleybus scheme, which itself succeeded a failed tram scheme.

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I guess it’s hard for people 
who worked on the previous schemes to drop the old buzz words.

The Leeds Bradford Airport redevelopment continues to prompt much debate and discussion.

But with a history of total failure, why is the council trying yet again to build a mass transit system? Haven’t they got 
better things they could be doing?

For example, how about 
giving us a decent electric bus system? If they can’t even do that, how can they possibly 
hope to deliver a mass transit system?

Perhaps delivering a decent bus system is too dull a task 
for a council which would 
rather be building new mass transit infrastructure on unspoilt green space, or expanding the airport, a decision which invites derision and makes a complete mockery of the council’s other transport aims.

Who could ever take Leeds City Council seriously after 
such a blatantly hypocritical decision?

Should improvements to bus services in Leeds take precedence over the airport's redevelopment?

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