A new panel has met to ‘review and challenge’ an emerging transport strategy for Leeds, including how to spend £174m of funding.
Leeds City Council said the advisory panel was the next element of a ‘transport conversation’ consultation with residents, businesses and visitors that ends on Friday (11 November) and began with the Government’s decision in May to turn down a proposed trolleybus scheme.
Leeds will not be spending £174m on a trolleybus scheme
Ministers allowed the council to retain £173.5m of funding for the scheme to invest in public transport in the city.
The advisory panel is chaired by Nigel Foster, director of strategy for Transport for the North, and includes transport experts and senior figures from transport bodies and organisations, as well as representatives from business, education, planning, accessibility and equalities sectors and campaign groups.
Mr Foster said: ‘I am delighted to have been invited to join the Leeds transport conversation and chair the advisory panel that has been established to review and challenge the emerging transport strategy for the city. The panel has been specially selected for its broad range of specific experience, bringing together recognised leaders in the different fields of transport from across the UK.
‘There are two principal areas that the council is seeking advice from the panel: how best to utilise the £173.5m originally allocated for transport improvements and also, to advise on the approach and development of the medium and longer-term transport strategy.'
After a further meeting at the end of this month the panel will convene quarterly to advise and review the development of the long-term strategy.