Cllr Kim Groves appointed Transport Committee Chair

Cllr Kim Groves appointed Transport Committee Chair

A new Chair has been appointed to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority�s Transport Committee.

Cllr Kim Groves succeeds Cllr Keith Wakefield who has chaired the committee since 2015 and is taking on a new skills and training role for Leeds City Council.

Members of the Combined Authority agreed the appointment at its Annual Meeting.

Cllr Groves is a deputy executive member on Leeds City Council and has represented the Middleton Park ward since 2010.

Cllr Groves said:

�This is a tremendously exciting time to take on this role as investment via the West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund makes a real difference to the quality of life enjoyed by people in this region.

�As a ward councillor I have seen the role transport plays in connecting communities to jobs, education and other opportunities and I am looking forward to working with my fellow Transport Committee members to do more of this vital work.�

Cllr Wakefield said:

�Chairing the Transport Committee has been a great privilege and I will continue to press the case for improved transport links which bring opportunities to access jobs, education and services for all.

�I wish Cllr Groves and the Committee well as they take forward its important agenda.�

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council and Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said:

�The Transport Committee is driving significant improvements in our transport system, including the opening of three new rail stations since 2015, and encouraging people to change the way they travel.

�I look forward to working with Cllr Groves as we continue to press the case for investment which delivers benefits for all our communities, including Northern Powerhouse Rail with a stop serving Bradford.�

Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council and member of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said:

�Cllr Groves will be a strong voice for the travelling public as Chair of the Transport Committee in its critical work investing in our network and holding operators to account.

�The recent disruption to rail services underlines how important it is that democratic voices speaking up for the interests of passengers are heard.�