Schemes worth £383.486 million proposed for West Yorkshire Combined Authority Investment.
Several improvements to our area have been added to West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s local growth fund and West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund Programme.
Here’s a summary of what’s in the pipeline:
Improvements to cycling infrastructure
We’re lucky enough to already have some great cycling infrastructure in West Yorkshire, and this could be further boosted by £12.053 million to create an extra 19km of high-quality routes. Three projects in Kirklees were discussed:
- Huddersfield Town Centre – providing important links between the train station, the university and the A62.
- Cooper Bridge Cycle Link
- Huddersfield Narrow Canal phase 2 – improvements from Milnsbridge to Slaithwaite into the town centre to make it easier to get to work, the University and town itself.
Gateway to Huddersfield – Phase 1
Centred on Huddersfield train station and its surroundings, this £5.55 million scheme would improve passenger access to the station, create a new taxi hub off St George’s Square and provide local road improvements. Later stages of the scheme could include new parking facilities, an extension to internal subways and the creation of a new western entrance to the station.
Where else is the money being invested heading?
Other schemes include:
- Bradford City Centre Heritage Properties
- Halifax Living Programme
- Leeds City Square
- Leeds Inland Port
- Wakefield City Centre South East Gateway
- A HS2 testing facility
- Rail Park and Rides – work on a car park extension at Mirfield is currently underway
What is the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and where can I find out more information?
The Combined Authority works in partnership with local councils and businesses to ensure that everyone in our region benefits from a strong, successful economy and a modern, accessible transport network. By championing the region’s interests nationally and internationally, they secure the investment to deliver better transport and housing, help businesses to grow and create jobs.
Cllr Peter Box, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Investment Committee said
“In 2017/2018, we invested £150,428,410 of capital funding including £90.53 million of funding through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal.
To ensure we keep up the momentum on delivering projects through our Local Growth Fund and West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund, and these 10 schemes would require an additional £125.2 million of Combined Authority funding.
They are ambitious schemes designed to generate inclusive economic growth from which everyone across West Yorkshire and the City Region can benefit, and to improve our transport network to support that growth and connect people with jobs and training opportunities.”
For more information visit www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk