Major investment revealed for region’s transport infrastructure
The list of transport schemes across West Yorkshire set to benefit from the £830m City Regional Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) has been revealed.
This investment was made possible thanks to the Mayoral devolution deal.
Included within the investment is £200m to develop and start to deliver the first phase of a Mass Transit network.
Additionally, the programme includes 18 new bus and cycle priority corridor improvements, three new cycling corridors, zero emission busses, electric vehicle charging points, improvements to railway stations across West Yorkshire as well as a rail accessibility package and essential highway maintenance and road safety improvements.
The programme will be delivered over the next five years, helping West Yorkshire work towards its ambition to achieve net zero by 2038.
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.”
The £830m 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.