"We expect to be in a prime position to benefit from new Transforming Cities Fund"

Combined Authority responds to new Transforming Cities Fund

Cllr Susan HinchcliffeResponding to the Government�s announcement of a new Transforming Cities Fund, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, West Yorkshire Combined Authority chair, said:

�This additional money to support improved connections across city regions is welcome and it is important West Yorkshire benefits. This region�s transport needs are just as urgent as the West Midlands which has already been promised �250m.

�Leeds and Bradford, for example, have the highest number of commuters between any two cities in the country but 74 per cent of those journeys happen by car. We urgently need to get people off the road and onto public transport to cut congestion and improve air quality.

�Working in partnership with our district councils, transport operators and others, we are already delivering major improvements on road, bus and rail as well as investing in schemes which encourage more people to walk and cycle to work.

�Given our strong track record and the transport needs of this region, we expect to be in a prime position to benefit from this fund and we will be writing to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Transport to set out our ambitions.�

The aim of the �1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund, which was announced this morning by the Prime Minister, is to transform transport connections and promote local growth within city regions across the country.

Melanie Corcoran, the Combined Authority�s Director of Delivery said: �Through the Combined Authority and LEP, this city region has worked together to create a pipeline of projects which can help boost economic growth making us ideally placed to turn money from this fund into action.

�It is vital that the Government takes a flexible approach to ensure this fund can be spent to meet local needs.�

Transport schemes delivered by the Combined Authority include:

  • Three rail stations - Apperley Bridge, Kirkstall Forge & Low Moor - in the space of 16 months.
  • Two successful park-and-ride schemes � Elland Road & Temple Green - taking 6,000 cars a week off Leeds city centre roads.
  • The South entrance to Leeds Station, opening access to the city�s South Bank.
  • Cycling infrastructure including the 14km Bradford-to-Leeds Cycle Superhighway.
  • Wakefield Eastern Relief Road, which is relieving congestion and has opened up land for the construction of 2,000 homes, 300 of which are already complete or under construction.
Find out more about the Combined Authority's work to improve transport.