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MP raises concerns over Ministers role in NGT decision

September 1, 2015 11:51 AM

Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, has raised concerns with Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, regarding the decision to allow Robert Goodwill, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, to make the final decision in relation to the NGT Trolleybus Scheme.

Mr Goodwill made comments in 2009 at the Parliamentary Yorkshire and Humber Regional Grand Committee, supporting the NGT Scheme. Talking about the then Labour Government he stated,

"That is money down the drain because of the inability of the Government to deliver the funding for a project that they encouraged Leeds city council to go ahead with. Leeds is now looking at-I hope it will go forward with this-a trolley bus scheme."

Many local residents are extremely concerned that Mr Goodwill will not provide an independent oversight in relation to the scheme. It is these concerns that have been raised by Mr Mulholland with the Secretary of State for Transport.

Greg headshotMr Mulholland commented,

"I am concerned that the Minister making the final decision on the scheme has been publicly supportive of it in the past. This is something that the Department for Transport needs to review in order to ensure that the right decision for Leeds is made based upon the evidence"

"The decision on how this funding should be spent, needs to be taken locally in order to provide the best solution for Leeds. We should not be forced to accept a second best solution as a result of the failures of the previous Labour Government. Ministers now have the chance to correct this by allowing Leeds to keep the funding and to decide locally how it is spent. I will continue to push Ministers to ensure that this is the case"

The Department for Transport, who received the Inspectors report several weeks ago, have not yet made any statement regarding when a final decision will be made in relation to the scheme.