Strategic Transport Plan will help us unlock the region�s full economic potential

Strategic Transport Plan will help us unlock the region�s full economic potential

Responding to the launch of Transport for the North�s draft Strategic Transport Plan, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, West Yorkshire Combined Authority chair and Bradford Council leader, said:

�This document is a significant step forward in turning our shared ambition to transform transport connections across the North of England into reality. It will help us unlock the region�s full economic potential for the benefit of all our communities, including the development of the Northern Powerhouse Rail network.

�We are particularly pleased to see the plan accepts the case for a Northern Powerhouse line from Manchester to Leeds and York via a stop in Bradford and look forward to working with TfN to develop those proposals further.�

Ambitious but deliverable vision.

Cllr Judith Blake, Leeds City Council leader, West Yorkshire Combined Authority member and TfN Partnership Board representative, said:��This new 30-year plan represents an ambitious but deliverable vision for a transformational improvement to our transport network and connectivity both across the north and also with the rest of the country. It is a vitally-needed level of investment to not only help realise the economic potential of the north but would also boost and be part of the process of rebalancing the national economy too.

�Most importantly it would benefit the lives, prospects and opportunities for millions of people living in the Leeds City Region and the wider north as a whole, so we encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation and tell us what they think.�

Huge economic benefits

Cllr Keith Wakefield, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee chair, said: �The proposals set out by TfN complement the work we are doing through the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund at a regional level which has already delivered schemes including Wakefield Eastern Relief Road, railway stations at Kirkstall Forge, Apperley Bridge and Low Moor, the Bradford-Leeds Cycle Superhighway and the Temple Green and Elland Road park-and-ride facilities.

�Given the longstanding gulf in the level of transport investment between the North of England and other areas, the estimated annual �150-per-head cost of funding these proposals represents a modest sum which could unlock huge economic benefits.�

Higher levels of growth

Roger Marsh OBE, Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership chair and TfN Partnership Board representative, said: �Tackling the congestion and lack of capacity in the transport network is one of the essential ingredients towards achieving the higher levels of growth which benefit all parts of our communities that we want to achieve.

�Improved transport reduces the cost of doing business, gives companies access to new markets and creates more job opportunities which is why this strategy is so important.�

Find out more about�Transport for the North's Strategic Transport Plan.