No trips for Leeds trolley bus PI inspector

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The inspector charged with overseeing the Public Inquiry (PI) into the Leeds trolley bus scheme did not visit another European city on a ‘fact finding’ trip, the Government has confirmed.

The news came after Lord Stoddart of Swindon (Independent Labour), asked whether the planning inspector of the PI into the Leeds New Generation Transport (NGT)schemes visited any European city operating trolley bus systems to ascertain whether its system could be emulated in Leeds, and if not, why not.

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, replied: “I can confirm that as part of the PI into the Leeds NGT scheme, the inspector did not visit any European city operating trolley bus systems to see if its system could be emulated in Leeds. The inspector had regard to all the evidence put to the PI. This may have included information about other trolley bus schemes in the world, but the inspector’s remit was to look at the scheme for Leeds specifically put forward by the applicant, having regard to the evidence submitted by all parties to the case.”