The success story so far...
West Yorkshire is strongest when it works together to deliver for all its communities. Our partnership has grown and strengthened over more than a decade. Evidence of that partnership’s success is all around us.
West Yorkshire is strongest when it works together to deliver for all its communities. Our partnership has grown and strengthened over more than a decade, from the Leeds City Region Leaders Board to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority working with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.
Evidence of that partnership’s success is all around us; in colleges equipped to prepare young people for 21st Century jobs; in new rail stations, park-and-rides and support for bus services that are helping people move from cars to public transport; in cycling and walking infrastructure contributing to better transport and improved health; in the businesses attracted to the Leeds City Region bringing new jobs and opportunities; in the young people entering work through apprenticeships and those retraining for new careers; in the homes and businesses better protected from flooding; in the headquarters of a national broadcaster now making its home in our region.
Story so far...
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Leeds City Region LEP secured the area's City Deal in 2012 and a £1bn Growth Deal in July 2014.
This success has enabled West Yorkshire to make a strong start:
- bringing close to £3 billion public and private sector investment into the region to boost growth and job
- set to create 20,600 jobs and add £2.1 billion a year to the economy by 203
- putting in place a £1 billion package of transport investment to upgrade transport links, making it easier for people and businesses to get around
- helping 4,800 businesses to grow since 2011, unlocking close to half a billion pounds of private sector investment
- creating over 4,300 work opportunities for young people aged 16-24, including 2,000 apprenticeships adding an expected £1.4 billion to the economy by 2020 as a result of work over the past four years.
Working together we've already achieved a lot:
- Created an additional 2,000 park and ride spaces at 14 West Yorkshire rail stations bringing the total to around 7,000, encouraging rail use and reducing car journeys into our town and city centres.
- Delivered rail stations at Apperley Bridge, Kirkstall Forge and Low Moor, opened with almost £27 million of investment from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and which people used to make almost ¾ million journeys in 2018/19.
- Invested £60 million of investment in cycling and walking schemes across the region over the past five years. 67km of new and improved cycling and walking with more than 2.3 million trips made on the infrastructure to date.
- Invested £79 million in building eight new college facilities and refurbishing two further facilities, expected to deliver a £600m impact over the next five years.
- £20m invested in flood defences alongside £170m into schemes including Leeds City Centre and Mytholmroyd to safeguard up to 1,385 businesses and at least 11,100 jobs from the risk of flood. The Combined Authority is also investing £2.6 million in the Wyke Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme in East Leeds, £3.9 million in phase two of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme and £1.7 million in natural flood management schemes in the Colne, Calder and Upper Aire catchment areas.
- £45 million from the Growth Deal into creating ten Enterprise Zone sites across the Leeds City Region deliver over 1.5 million square feet of new commercial space.
- £4 million into creating a district heat network in Leeds City Centre providing low cost, low carbon heating to almost 2,000 homes as well as a number of businesses.