Wednesday, August 10, 2022

West Yorkshire transport schemes set to benefit from £830m investment revealed

The list of transport schemes across West Yorkshire that are set to benefit from the £830 million City Regional Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) have been announced. This investment was made possible thanks to the Mayoral devolution deal.

Included within the investment is £200 million to develop and start to deliver the first phase of a Mass Transit network. Additionally, the programme includes eighteen new bus and cycle priority corridor improvements, three new cycling corridors, new zero emission busses, new electric vehicle charging points, improvements to rail stations across West Yorkshire as well as a rail accessibility package and essential highway maintenance and road safety improvements.

This work will build on the significant investment already being made in making it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport around the region.

The programme will be delivered over the next 5 years, helping West Yorkshire work towards its ambition to achieve net zero by 2038. A full list of the schemes can be found here.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “Significant progress has already been made in addressing years of underinvestment in transport in the North. Now with more devolved powers we can do even more.

“Our bold programme of interventions will help us deliver new bus routes, cycle lanes and let us take forward our ambitious plans for a new mass transit system across the region.

“Not only will these schemes help us deliver a transformational programme of new infrastructure, but they will help bring West Yorkshire to a position where our ambitions to become a net-zero carbon economy by 2038 are significantly more achievable.

“Delivering these schemes in partnership with our local authorities will allow us to move closer to our goal of an inclusive and accessible transport system fit for the 21st century that enables a fairer, greener, better quality of life for our residents and businesses.

“We are committed to building a transport network that the people of West Yorkshire deserve.”

The £830 million CRSTS programme builds on transport infrastructure projects as part of the Transforming Cities Fund, West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund and the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme.

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