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Bradford Council backs £1 billion transport fund
4:43pm Tuesday 12th March 2013 in News
Bradford Council has become the first local authority in West Yorkshire to give in-principle approval to a £1 billion fund to improve transport links throughout the sub-region.
The West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund is being developed by the five West Yorkshire councils – Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield – as well as York.
The resulting transport improvements are expected to create an extra 18,000 jobs in the region by 2036.
Congestion-busting schemes on parts of the district’s road network, including key routes to Leeds-Bradford Airport, as well as upgrading and improving rail routes between Leeds and Bradford in preparation for the high speed connection form part of the plans.
The funds would come from an increase in the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority levy, 40 per cent of funding from the Local Transport Plan and major-scheme funding by the Department of Transport.
Councillor Val Slater, the Council's executive member for transport, said it was a ten-year programme designed to deal with decades of under investment in the area.