West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund

The Fund is targeted at enabling key development areas and will help to create about 20,000 new jobs over the next 10 years. A number of strategic transport projects will be delivered to facilitate growth identified in the SEP.

The Fund is targeted at enabling key development areas and will help to create about 20,000 new jobs over the next 10 years. A number of strategic transport projects will be delivered to facilitate growth identified in the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), which encompass:

  • Improved motorway access
  • Orbital road improvements
  • Radial improvements on corridors for better public transport options into our urban centres
  • Road and rail improvements between district hubs to provide capacity and better connectivity
  • Enhanced rail station gateways with increased car parking capacity for park and ride.

West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund and the Gateway Review process

The West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund (WY+TF) is a 20-year commitment for the Leeds City Region, to a value of £1bn. The first six years funding is confirmed, paid in annual instalments.

A Gateway Review is required after the first five years and then every five years subsequently. With the investment fund starting in 2015/16, this involved a Gateway Review by March 2020. Future funding beyond the first five years is subject to the outcome of Gateway Reviews and Ministerial decision-making.

The first Gateway Review has now been completed. This was an independent review undertaken by SQW.

The Gateway Review provided a positive outcome and this report was submitted to Government, along with a Complementary Report from the LEP Chair.

A confirmation letter was received from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) that the Leeds City Region LEP passed the first Independent Review of the Transport Fund 2019 (also known as the Gateway review) on 12 May 2020. Passing this review ensures that the ‘gainshare’ investment of £30 million per year for the Transport Fund will now be paid for the five years 2021/22 to 2025/26. The next five year review is due in 2024.

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