Triple win for West Yorkshire Combined Authority at North of England Transport Awards

Triple win for WYCA at NTA 2017

Cycle SuperhighwayWest Yorkshire Combined Authority was a triple winner at last night�s North of England Transport Awards ceremony in Leeds.

The Combined Authority picked up awards for Transport Project of the Year award for the CityConnect - Cycle Super Highway, Excellence in Technology for The Beacon pilot scheme and the Economic Productivity Project for�new rail Stations at�Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge.�

Combined Authority Transport Chair Cllr Keith Wakefield said: �These are prestigious awards and a great credit to everyone's hard work. So it�s excellent news to win not one but three awards!�

�West Yorkshire has some of the UK�s best segregated cycling and walking infrastructure so I am pleased that our flagship scheme, the Bradford to Leeds Cycle Superhighway which we delivered with Bradford and Leeds City Councils, has won this award.

�The Cycle Superhighway was used by cyclists to make over 225,000 trips in its first year and we are using it as the basis for more routes that encourage more people to cycle and walk, with all the benefits, in terms of lower pollution, reduced congestion and improved health that brings.

�As the Combined Authority�s Managing Director Ben Still told the national Living Streets conference earlier this year, active travel is inherently a local form of transport and it is important we develop public spaces that people first.�

Passengers at Kirkstall Forge StationWest Yorkshire Combined Authority Chair Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said: �I was delighted to collect the Excellence in Technology award for our Beacon project and the Economic Productivity Project Award for Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge rail stations on behalf of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Everyone has worked really hard to deliver major developments quickly.

"Technology is making significant changes to transport and the way we plan and make journeys and the Combined Authority has been at the forefront of developing this with its MCard travel smartcard scheme, one of the largest outside London�s Oyster.

�The Beacons project that enabled passengers on bus services in the Keighley and Bradford areas to use their mobile phone as a travel pass was another example of our innovative approach, which has also just seen the launch of a new game-changing MCard app, which our customers can use to buy and then load tickets.

�The Combined Authority has opened an unprecedented three new rail stations, at Apperley Bridge, Kirkstall Forge and Low Moor in Bradford, in less than 18 months as well as Leeds Station�s impressive new Southern Entrance and I am pleased we are being recognised for this achievement.

�Rail travel is hugely important to underpinning business growth, creating jobs and relieving costly congestion and the Combined Authority is currently increasing the number of park and ride spaces at 17 of West Yorkshire�s 69 rail stations, taking the total well above the existing 3,000.�