Government shelves decision on new Leeds transport scheme – “insufficient evidence”

A government decision on whether to fund the Leeds New Generation Transport scheme has been deferred till Spring.

The scheme failed to make it on to a list of 21 major local transport schemes that are going to get £845m worth of government funding. The list was announced today by Transport Secretary Justine Greening.

“The Department has not yet been provided with sufficient evidence with which to assess the value for money of this (Leeds New Generation transport) scheme, as some of the data is relatively new and cannot yet be verified,” a statement said.

“However, the Department recognises that a strong strategic case has been made and so has given the promoters until 31 March 2012 to update their business case. A decision will be made within two months of that”.

The list of 21 did include an undisclosed amount of funding for maintenance work to the Woodhouse Tunnel and “other structures” on the Leeds Inner Ring Road.

Details of the approved projects are here.

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