The NGT consultation in 2008 supported the introduction of trolleybuses if they provided improvements to public transport (but
note that the poll was taken before any scheme had been worked up in detail)
A further survey carried out in 2009 showed that 77% of people supported the introduction of a
trolleybus-based scheme, although at the time this included an East route to St James' hospital and a
City Centre loop not just the currently proposed North and South routes.
Other information promised that the scheme would "help tackle congestion and reduce pollution in Leeds",
and that "90% of the funding for NGT would come from Central Government and 10% would come from local sources".
Metro have recently held a series of information events and invited detailed comments on their plans.
Although they took notice of some of the comments they were not willing to reconsider the most controversial aspects of
the scheme - introduction of a trolleybus service running along the A660 separate from the existing bus service
Neither Metro nor Leeds have sought to survey the opinion of residents or small businesses
on the detailed proposals recently submitted to Central Government
Community associations in north-west Leeds recently combined to distribute a new questionnaire,
worded to replicate the 2009 survey, to gauge the reaction of residents to the scheme now being proposed.
3,450 questionnaires were distributed and 893 were returned, a return rate of 26%.
A copy of the Opinion Survey can be seen here
A full analysis can be seen here but the headline figure shows that:
95% of people are opposed or strongly opposed to the proposed trolley bus scheme, with only 3% supporting it.
No survey can claim to be entirely representative but the drop from 77% to 3% suggests that,
now that the implications of the trolleybus proposal is beginning to be understood, the public response is becoming clear - they don't want it.
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