West Yorkshire Public Transport: £200m for ‘development and initial delivery’

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has not finalized the route for the scheme, which is expected to cost over £2billion and be fully operational in 2040, or decided whether tram-trains or electric bus priority routes will be used.

But the organisation, which is led by West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin and the area’s council leaders, is expected to approve plans to invest £199.9m in ‘development and initial delivery’ at the over the next five years, when it meets on Thursday, March 17.

If approved, the money will be taken from the £830m City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement, which was provided by the government last year.

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A public transport system is proposed for West Yorkshire

The joint authority is also working on a business case and aims to submit it to the Ministry of Transport before the end of the year.

He is currently studying plans for a network, consisting of nine lines, which connects towns in West Yorkshire, including Leeds, Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield and Wakefield.

In its £96billion Integrated Rail Plan, published in November, the government reaffirmed its commitment to the project and said the first services will be “operational in the second half of this decade”.

The organization is also looking to hire a director to lead the project and additional staff to join its “small internal program team”.

In a report, it added: “At this stage, decisions on the final mode, for example, bus rapid transit, light rail and very light rail, and the precise route have yet to be made. taken.

“These factors will have a significant impact on program costs. Cost information will be developed as part of future business case stages and will be made available for future public engagements.

The government is committed to establishing a public transport system in West Yorkshire.

Its integrated rail plan, published in November, said: “We will start work on West Yorkshire’s new public transport system and support the West Yorkshire Combined Authority over the long term to ensure that this time around everything will be fact.

“That commitment starts now with over £200m in immediate funding.”

Melvin Z. Madore