Mayor ‘cautiously’ welcomes £900m government funding to improve transport in West Yorkshire

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Funding comes from the City Regional Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) and the Bus Service Improvement Plan.

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Both are investment programs aimed at providing an integrated and inclusive transport network.

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Funding comes from the City Regional Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) and the Bus Service Improvement Plan.

The announcement includes £830m for CRSTS and was made possible by the mayor’s devolution deal struck in March 2020.

Improvements to bus and bike lanes, new Park & ​​Ride sites, local cycling and walking programs, as well as the use of innovative technologies, including electric vehicle charging points, will be delivered to the over the next five years, helping West Yorkshire reach net zero by 2038.

“We are committed to making it easier for people to get around the region on foot, by bike and by public transport, connecting people with employment and training opportunities through accessible, attractive and cleaner transport”, said Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire. .

“Implementing these programs in partnership with our local authorities will move us closer to our goal of an accessible and inclusive transportation system fit for the 21st century.”

The funding will also be used to make general road improvements, improve rail accessibility and connectivity, and develop options for a future transit system.

The CRSTS program builds on recently delivered projects under the Transforming Cities Fund, the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund and the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme.

The announcement also includes £70m of revenue funding from the Combined Authority’s bus service improvement plan, of the £168m sought.

“We want buses to be the first choice for travel in West Yorkshire, and our ambitious plan to improve bus services is a major step to make them more affordable, convenient to use and better for the environment,” added Mayor Brabin.

“However, despite the Prime Minister’s recent assertion in the House of Commons that there has never been ‘such a bargain for buses’, the Government’s ambition does not yet match ours.

“The level of funding provided for the buses means that we will have to make tough decisions and it will take us longer to deliver the benefits of fully inclusive bus service offered by our plan.”

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