The unemployed and those starting a first job from the district are benefitting from a fund designed to help people travel to interviews and new jobs.

Almost £600,000 has been made available for transport projects designed to help unemployed people and new starters in West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has secured £590,000 from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which means that the successful JobCentre Plus and go:cycling projects can be extended.

Around 9,000 jobseekers and new starters have received support with travel through the scheme, which has provided almost 3,000 West Yorkshire people with bus tickets to travel to job interviews. And almost 6,000 people have been provided with a MetroCard to travel to their workplace for their first month of work.

WYCA chairman Councillor Peter Box said: “While the new Combined Authority is primarily about the public and private sectors helping the economy to grow and creating jobs, it is also about making sure we develop the transport network that links people with those jobs. Connecting people with job opportunities is vital.”