Yorkshire transport schemes to be accelerated

The Government plans to accelerate more than 100 infrastructure projects, including several key schemes in Yorkshire.

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng used his mini-Budget today to inject speed into the delivery of a long list of transport projects.

The Transpennine route upgrade, enhancement of Leeds station, and investments at White Rose station and Thorpe Park are part of the fast-tracked rail commitments.

Road schemes that have been earmarked for faster implementation include the first phase of the dualling of the York Outer Ring Road, and upgrades to the A66, and Dawson’s Corner Junction and Stanningley Bypass between Leeds and Bradford.

Safer road schemes for the A165 in Scarborough and the A19 in Selby will also be pushed forward.

The West Yorkshire Mass Transit scheme, Supertram renewal in South Yorkshire and cycle improvements in Leeds city centre are among the local transport schemes to be given greater impetus.

In addition, the Government is in discussions with 38 local authorities about the creation of investment zones to “drive growth and unlock housing across the UK by lowering taxes and liberalising planning frameworks”.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority, South Yorkshire Combined Authority, North Yorkshire County Council, Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and North East Lincolnshire Council are all involved in this process.