Transforming Cities Fund

Find out about our ambitious bid to the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has submitted an ambitious final bid to the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund.

The Bid focuses on measure that benefit as many communities across the region as possible, removing the barrier of accessing an affordable and sustainable transport network for our most disadvantaged communities.

Improving access to jobs by sustainable modes within the City Region is key to tackling the Climate Emergency and boosting quality of life, access to opportunities and productivity for all our communities.

The Transforming Cities Fund will take us a significant step forward to realising our full potential.

Building on the success we have delivered through other programmes, such as CityConnect and Connecting Leeds, where we have been able to provide a step change for people to travel more easily by foot, by bike and by public transport, we intend to deliver these same benefits to more people across the City Region.

The Transforming Cities Fund will be the next major programme of transport infrastructure for our City Region and is essential to reducing reliance on car travel and meeting the Leeds City Region commitment to become a net zero carbon city region by 2038.

As set out in the West Yorkshire Transport Strategy 2040, adopted in 2017, we aim to significantly increase journeys made by public transport, walking and cycling by 2027 – and to reduce car journeys by 3.5% by 2027.

The Transforming Cities Fund will be essential to us achieving this.

This programme will support better air quality, and better health and wellbeing for the people who live, work and build their lives here. By connecting more people to economic and education opportunities through affordable, sustainable transport, we will boost productivity and help to create cleaner, healthier and happier communities for the future

The submission materials can be downloaded here:

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and its partners have submitted a £27 million bid to the Government for Future Mobility Zone funding to transform the way people travel in Leeds City Region.

The Future Mobility Zone plans aims to provide people with convenient, affordable and more sustainable alternatives to private cars, helping to reduce congestion and pollution.

If successful, the programme of work included in the bid will help contribute to the Combined Authority’s priorities of supporting inclusive growth, boosting productivity, developing a 21st Century transport network and making the City Region net zero-carbon by 2038 at the latest. It will also help achieve targets set out in the Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire Transport Strategy, focused on increasing journeys by sustainable and active public transport and reducing car trips.

The Future Mobility Zones bid was submitted to Department for Transport (DfT) on 30 September 2019, more the submission materials can be downloaded here: