Nearly £43 million of sustainable transport schemes to go before West

Members will be asked to progress three transport schemes at the Place, Regeneration and Housing Committee meeting on Monday 7 February.

Nearly £43 million of sustainable transport schemes are among the items due to be considered by members of a West Yorkshire Combined Authority committee next month (February).

Members will be asked to progress three transport schemes at the Place, Regeneration and Housing Committee meeting on Monday 7 February.

These include:

  • A £22,560,216 scheme (including £20,502,216 of Combined Authority funding) scheme to boost walking and cycling access to Selby rail and bus stations, as well as improving the facilities at both sites.
  • A £4,970,541 scheme to create a new Heckmondwike bus hub with six stands and one layover bay, and a new building with a green roof complete with plants, a waiting area, offices, accessible toilets and a changing places room.
  • A £15,380,000 scheme (including £6,430,000 of Combined Authority funding) to pedestrianise City Square, as well as bus, signal, traffic management and signage improvements on surrounding streets. The scheme will enable more people to walk, cycle and use public transport, and it will also improve bus reliability. 

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Place, Regeneration and Housing Committee and Leader of Wakefield Council, said:

“It is more important than ever that we continue to invest in a modern, accessible transport network, which supports economic growth by connecting more people with jobs, training and education, while also helping tackle the climate emergency.    

“We need to reduce car trips by 21% and increase cycling trips by 2,000%, walking trips by 78%, bus trips by 39% and rail trips by 53% if we are to hit our ambitious target of becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038.  These important schemes will help us do that.”

Plans to build 69 new affordable homes on brownfield land in Castleford and 37 new affordable homes on brownfield land in Pontefract are also on the agenda.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:

“In my manifesto, I committed to improving our transport network, connecting more people with opportunities, building 5,000 new homes and helping tackle the climate emergency.  

“That’s why I’m delighted to see these important schemes, which have been made possible by our devolution deal, on the agenda for committee members to consider.

“Making sure everyone has access to good, affordable housing and transport is absolutely crucial in ensuring all of us – our people, our communities, our businesses – get to where we want to be as a region.”

The Selby Station Gateway and Heckmondwike Bus Hub schemes will be delivered through the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund programme, which is aimed at making it easier to walk, cycle and use public transport.

The Leeds City Centre Package – City Square Plus scheme is being delivered through the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund.

Find out more about the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.