Call for action over MPs report on transport funding in West Yorkshire (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Call for action over MPs report on transport funding in West Yorkshire
3:13pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014 in News
A report by MPs which says transport projects outside London are being underfunded has been welcomed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
The report by the Commons Transport Committee published yesterday says no area should be “second class” when it comes to funding transport infrastructure.
Combined Authority chairman, Councillor Peter Box welcomed the call for a fairer allocation, saying West Yorkshire had “suffered from a legacy of underspending by successive governments”.
The Combined Authority, which oversees transport across West Yorkshire, is locked in a row with the Government over a £1.6 billion West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund.
This was expected to transform the local road and rail infrastructure over the next decade, but most of the cash still hasn’t been found after the Governmen stopped a planned council tax levy.
Coun Box said the fund was designed to create 22,000 jobs and boost the local economy.
He said: “We need ministers and governments to meet their commitments and to heed the recommendations today so we can get these projects under way and enable West Yorkshire, the Leeds City Region and York to meet their full potential.”
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