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Red light for NGT boondoggle

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In July 2012 Justine Greening, transport secretary in the coalition government, said that the Leeds NGT trolleybus scheme would make “public transport in Leeds more accessible and attractive than ever before”.

[Green light for Leeds trolleybus, Department for Transport and Justine Greening, July 2012]

[JG:] …and I know trolleybuses will be transformational for growth and jobs in West Yorkshire.

But on 12 May 2016, the Department for Transport (DfT) issued a statement saying the scheme was “not suitable for development“.

Beleben blog, 3 June 2013, 'NGT needs rethinking'

What a shame that so much money has been spent on this ‘transformational’ boondoggle.

Leeds council, NGT statement, 12 May 2016

NGT Trolleybus, Twitter, Leeds NGT decision (extract)

Beleben blog, NGT lemon

Written by beleben

May 12, 2016 at 11:12 am

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  1. Double deck vehicles, especially the 1-door type prevalent outside London, are anathema to fast and reliable high volume public mass transit routes. Observe the way that boarding on the UK’s conventional DOO single door buses adds to the journey times and route average speeds. The view videos of Bogota and Curitiba where the 200+ passenger triple-section articulated buses suck in 100 passengers at a stop through up to 4 sets of double doors. London seriously HAS to get bendybuses back on key PLANNED routes – for just one service the 37 vehicle PVR with bendybuses had to swell to 87 ‘deckers taking up nearly 50% more road space and clearly running much more slowly.

    The detail has to be reviewed, and the potential for Tram-Train, increasing the passenger carrying capacity of key rail routes between say Horseforth/Kirkstall and Harrogate/Ilkley, before coming on-street to run through the City Centre gets the passenger capacity up without impact on the main rail station .

    Dave H (@BCCletts)

    May 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

    • London surface transport is something of a special case in Britain, so it’s to be expected that multi-door buses, and light rail, should find more application than elsewhere. It was unfortunate that bus procurement became a Ken-vs-Boris battleground, because the result was money wasted, and routes with the wrong kind of vehicle.

      In Leeds, the choice of bendybuses for NGT was probably more to do with local worthies wanting them to ‘look like trams’, than reducing peak vehicle requirement or shortening load time. Obviously, West Yorkshire needs better transport, and after the Supertram and NGT culs-de-sac, maybe the Combined Authority will get with the 21st century.


      May 13, 2016 at 1:11 pm

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