West Leeds residents have reacted with anger on social media after Pudsey councillor Richard Lewis said Leeds doesn’t have a problem with transport.
Cllr Lewis, who is the executive member for regeneration, transport and planning at Leeds City Council, told the Yorkshire Evening Post:
“We don’t actually have a transport problem. Traffic moves relatively easy along Leeds at peak times. We are not in a terrible place at the moment but we want to be better.”
He was responding to calls from Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland for a mass transit transport scheme to be funded from the £173.5 million allocated to Leeds by the government for the scrapped trolleybus scheme. The trolleybus would have run from north west Leeds through to Middleton in the south.
Cllr Lewis’s comments come as Leeds Council concludes a city-wide public consultation on how best to use the money. Cllr Lewis attended an angry public meeting into problems with bus services in his Pudsey ward last month.
There was a hostile reaction to his comments on social networking site Twitter over the weekend. Some of the comments include:
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