My objections to NGT

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For me, the most important objections to NGT are

  1. The ban on discussing an alternative route
  2. NGT doesn’t appear to complement existing bus services, but rather competes with them.
  3. The possibility that unchecked it will create a dividing wall through the whole area – the “York Road” effect
  4. Locals will suffer more inconvenience than benefits.

NGT must be discussed alongside the new powers giving the “Leeds City Region” powers to control their own transport. Local media took this to mean a tram/train from LBA which would join the main train line at Horsforth. Why not switch all NGT plans to a park’n’ride at that Horsforth junction? To introduce a trolley bus into a scheme that is supposed to be county-wide would be foolish.

NGT – Where are the tunnels and cuttings?

In January this year, Transport Secretary Junstine Greening announced changes to the proposed HS2 High Speed Rail link from London to the Midlands that will add an extra £500 million to the total cost. According to The Huffington Post:

Various changes to the proposed route of HS2 were announced today in an attempt to appease local residents and to ward off a possible Tory rebellion from MPs whose constituencies are affected.

Compared to the route on which the Government consulted, there will be a 50% increase in tunnels, totalling around 22.5 miles.

In addition, around 56.5 miles of the 140 miles of the London to West Midlands line will be partially or totally hidden in cutting.

In the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) just over 1.5 miles of the route will be visible.

Where are NGT’s underpasses, tunnels and cuttings?

There is clearly nothing modern about NGT, despite the “New” in the project’s title. Our Victorian great-grandparents would be ashamed at our council’s lack of dynamic thinking.

(photo courtesy of henskechristine)