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New generation turkey

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The Plans panel of Leeds city council ‘will be considering the planning issues’ related to the New Generation Transport (articulated trolleybus) at the Civic Hall council chamber at 09:30 on 25 June 2013. The panel will ‘inform a Full City Council meeting on the 1st July 2013, which will decide whether the City Council (together with Metro) should make an application to the Secretary of State for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWA Order), giving them the powers to construct and operate NGT’. If the Full City Council decides to proceed, the application is likely to be made in September 2013.

As the TWA Order application is made to the Secretary of State, it will not be the role of Plans Panel to decide whether permission should be granted for NGT. However, if the TWA Order is made, any permission granted will be similar to an outline planning permission, and will be subject to planning conditions, where the City Council will be responsible for their discharge. The proposed draft conditions at this stage will be among the matters being considered by Council Members of City Plans Panel on the 25th June, alongside a draft design guide.

The scheme to be discussed at the City Plans Panel meeting will provide an opportunity for Panel Members to help understand the NGT proposals and impacts and provide an opportunity for them to respond to any further issues / concerns which may arise from the public or interest groups as part of the process. The views of the public will help form the City Plans Panels response to the NGT proposals.

To aid members of the public further, draft engineering drawings will also be available for inspection covering key characteristic areas of the route. These drawings will be available from the 12th June 2013 by accessing the following web link However, the full suite of application documents will not be available until the TWA Order is made.
The meeting will be held in public and there will be an opportunity for public speaking. The issues under consideration will solely relate to matters concerning planning issues, for example, the impact the route may have upon the character of a particular area, tree loss, the impact on buildings and walls and the siting of proposed sub-stations or the details of the proposed draft conditions (e.g. fixtures to listed buildings). Other matters, for example, the choice of route / technology, trolley bus & over headline electrification / value for money / funding, will not be discussed at this meeting but could be considered at the potential public inquiry into the TWA Order application. As noted above, members of the public will have opportunities to make representations about the scheme and participate in the Inquiry. The Panel is open to members of the public to attend. At Panel there will be an opportunity for objectors or supporters to speak providing this is on planning grounds only. The NGT project team, as applicants, will be responsible for presenting their proposals.

The design and technology selected for NGT is directly responsible for the effect the scheme may have upon the character of a particular area, tree loss, the impact on buildings and walls, etc. But discussion of the design and technology is off limits at the plans panel meeting. So, what purpose does the meeting serve?

Written by beleben

June 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm

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NGT needs rethinking

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The Leeds NGT trolleybus project is seriously flawed, and needs to be re-thought.

Unfortunately, the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority is in denial. Its chairman, Councillor James Lewis, is to host a public meeting about NGT on Wednesday 5th June from 7.30pm to 9pm at the HEART Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN. It’s supposedly an ‘Opportunity to correct misinformation and explain the facts about the project’.

The important facts are:

1. NGT is seriously flawed
2. NGT needs to be re-thought
3. Spin doesn’t help.

Written by beleben

June 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Captured in the gobbledegook

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The Leeds New Generation Transport (NGT) trolleybus project will ease traffic congestion by providing fast and reliable journeys, according to an 18-page document produced by West Yorkshire PTE.

Does the available ‘supporting documentation’ support those claims?

NGT Run Times report

NGT Reliability report

LTM Highway Model Validation Report

LTM Demand Model Validation Report

LTM NGT Model Validation Report

The reports are (surprise, surprise) indigestible gobbledegook. But it seems that ‘speeding-up of journeys’ ascribed to NGT would be largely due to non-NGT-specific factors, such as introduction of smartcards, etc.

On the NGT North and South corridors, is it that

(a) all journeys that are speeded up/made more reliable, or
(b) all bus journeys, or
(c) all trolleybus journeys, or
(d) something else?

The NGT route is built around serving motorists from park and ride sites. So, how are motorists’ access times (to drive to and park up at the park and ride) captured in the gobbledegook?

Written by beleben

April 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm

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