Trolleybuses are set to return to Leeds in a £250m upgrade of the city’s public transport system.
Transport secretary Justine Greening has approved the New Generation Transport scheme, which will see the first trolleybuses on UK streets for almost 50 years.
Funding will be split with £173.5m coming from the Department for Transport and £76.5m from local authorities.
Subject to consents for highways works, building will start in 2016 with the trolleybus becoming operational in 2018.
Trolleybuses will run from Holt Park in the city’s north to Stourton in the south, linking with two park-and-ride sites on a 14kms route.
The project was developed as a replacement for the Leeds Supertram scheme, which was abandoned on cost grounds in 2005.
Ms Greening said: “Investment on this scale in precisely this kind of infrastructure is a recognition of how crucial Leeds and Yorkshire are to the long-term success of the British economy.”