Combined Authority agrees �7m fund to progress transformational projects

Combined Authority agrees �7m fund to progress transformational projects

Redevelopment of Bradford Interchange is one of the schemes that will be supported by the �7 million fund.A �7 million fund to support the creation of a pipeline of transformational projects to improve the economic prospects of communities across the Leeds City Region has been agreed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

As part of the Combined Authority�s commitment to pursuing inclusive growth which benefits all parts of the Leeds City Region, the money provides the opportunity to re-shape the future economic geography of the region.

Members of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority today [Thursday] agreed to earmark �7m to support feasibility work looking at the needs of deprived communities including in transport, housing, employment and skills.

Combined Authority Chair Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said:��This is a great example of how we are putting the Combined Authority�s commitment to inclusive growth into practice by supporting the development of projects which could dramatically improve access to jobs, education and services.

�The feasibility work this money will support is the first stage to securing the larger sums that will be needed to bring about the major improvements we want to see for these communities.�

The �7 million has been earmarked from the �12.5 million Transformational Fund agreed as part of the �1 billion Growth Deal secured from the Government.

Combined Authority members today separately agreed to commit �500,000 from the Transformational Fund to support future proposals for the redevelopment of Bradford Interchange.

The Transformational Fund is already supporting feasibility work on proposals for the South Featherstone Link Road, York Outer Ring Road dualling and the North Kirklees Orbital Route.

Find out more about the�plans to redevelop Bradford Interchange.