West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority to make decision on £2.7m road plans (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority to make decision on £2.7m road plans
10:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
Road schemes on four of the busiest roads in the district will be implemented if £2.7 million worth of funding is approved by the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority tomorrow.
They include work on providing pedestrian and cycle routes on Harrogate Road and New Line Junction in Greengates, improving the Bradford to Keighley A650 Hard Ings Road and work on Tong Street, past Holme Wood to Birkenshaw .
Work would also be done on improving the Bradford to Shipley Corridor, encouraging traffic to use Canal Road rather than the A650 corridor. That will improve bus operating conditions on the A650. Improving the Bradford to Keighley corridor to allow for easier access to Keighley and upgrading Hard Ings Road to a dual carriageway is also being planned.
Covering the five West Yorkshire districts and York, 29 schemes have been developed under the £1 billion West Yorkshire ‘plus’ Transport Fund proposals and could be ready for delivery in 2015. It will mean an eventual 4,000 jobs in the district.
The resulting transport improvements are expected to create an extra 18,000 jobs in the region by 2036.
“All of the schemes in this report have been developed to meet the West Yorkshire Transport plus Fund’s key aims of enhancing connectivity, generating additional economic investment and creating jobs,” Metro chairman Councillor James Lewis said.
“If approved by my ITA Executive Board colleagues tomorrow, preparatory and consultation work can begin to make this package of ‘early win’, ground-breaking transport developments ready for delivery in 2015.”
Coun John Ruding, (Lab, Tong), said Tong councillors had been campaigning for improvements, including a widening of Tong Street, for years, adding: “If that is happening, I warmly welcome it.”
Coun Alan Wainwright, (Lab, Tong), said Tong Street, in his opinion, was the most congested road in West Yorkshire.
“I live 200 yards from there and more and more vehicles are coming down there and if we get it widened it would be a lot easier,” he added.
Coun Jeanette Sunderland, (Idle, Lib Dem), said the schemes were part of a jigsaw being assembled to release sites for housing. “Bradford is investing heavily into this for years to pay for schemes across the region,” she said. “My concern is that we will get a few early wins paid for on the back of other housing developments.”
Finance for the schemes will come from funds currently being held by the ITA to support the progress of work ahead of the creation of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in 2014.
Initial work will include detailed modelling, seeking views from external stakeholders and analysis of costs, risks and benefits. The results will be used to put together business cases for each project.
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