Nine corridors identified

WYCA says no decision has been made on vehicle type

Plans for a transformational multi-billion pound mass transit system have been revealed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Forming part of a wider transport strategy, the mass transit proposals aim to improve connectivity for up to 675,000 people in the 20% most deprived communities in West Yorkshire and connect housing and employment growth areas.

The region has previously developed plans for a trolleybus network and light rail system, both of which were subsequently scrapped after failing to secure government approval.

The CA says that in this instance, no decision has been made on vehicle type and that bus rapid transit, light-rail, tram-train and ultra-light rail are being considered.

Nine corridors have been identified as likely candidates, although the CA says that initial efforts will only focus on one of the corridors.

Though the proposals are at an early stage, the CA says it has learnt from the experiences of Metrolink in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands Metro in developing its new proposals.

Work has commenced on an outline business case to be submitted to government by next year and the CA is hoping to use a share of the £4.2bn announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak last year for transport projects in the North of England.

Subject to funding being agreed, construction could commence by the mid-2020s as part of a wider programme of transport investment over the next two decades.

“A new mass transit system for West Yorkshire will be a key of our transport system, linking our communities with a quick and reliable service and integrated with bus, rail, walking and cycling,” said Kim Groves, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee.

“This will represent a bold investment; a transformational transport system that will benefit many generations to come.”

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