Bradford train-tram link proposed as part of £15bn transport plan for the north

Chancellor George Osborne (centre) during a visit to a road improvement scheme near junction 40 of the M1 motorway near Wakefield as the Chancellor has pledged his support for the One North report that proposes £15 billion of improvements to transpo

Chancellor George Osborne (centre) during a visit to a road improvement scheme near junction 40 of the M1 motorway near Wakefield as the Chancellor has pledged his support for the One North report that proposes £15 billion of improvements to transpo

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A NEW tram-train link across the district could be constructed as part of a plan to turn the north into an 'economic powerhouse' to rival London, it has been revealed.

A major report was unveiled today calling for up to £15 billion of investment in transport links across the north of England.

The report, called 'One North', was compiled by the cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle, with input from Bradford Council and West Yorkshire transport authority Metro.

Chancellor George Osborne welcomed the plans, describing them as "affordable".

He said: "I'm ready to commit new money, new infrastructure, new transport and new science."

Mr Osborne said improving the economy of the north could add billions to the wealth of the nation and "rebalance" its over-reliance on the City, London and the South East.

If adopted, the 15-year investment plan would see a new tram-train link across the Bradford district, the extension of the managed motorway along more of the M62, the electrification of the Caldervale railway line and better links to Leeds-Bradford International Airport.

However, a proposed new £5 billion high-speed rail link across the Pennines looks likely to bypass Bradford, calling at Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle and Hull instead.

The report says within Bradford, there is a need for a "north-south link such as a tram-train or similar", which could be developed by 2026.

It is understood that this would likely be a light-rail link between Bradford Forster Square station and the airport, first suggested some years ago, with a possible extension down to the Euroway Industrial Estate south of the city.

Much of the plan involves rail investment, as transport bosses seek to give people an alternative to the region's congestion-clogged roads.

Bradford Council's transport chief, Councillor Val Slater, welcomed Mr Osborne's commitment to the proposals.

She said: "It is an exciting time for transport. If we can bring this to fruition, it will hopefully make travel much easier in the region, particularly in West Yorkshire.

"It will help get people back on to public transport and ease congestion on the roads."

Councillor Peter Box, chairman of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which runs Metro, said: "We have been lobbying hard for this for a very long time.

"We are glad that the Government has now listened to our exceptionally strong case to put the financial power in our hands to drive our ambitions in a way that could be truly transformational for local growth."

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5:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

ConcernedOne says...

"However, a proposed new £5 billion high-speed rail link across the Pennines looks likely to bypass Bradford, calling at Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle and Hull instead."

Nuff said...
"However, a proposed new £5 billion high-speed rail link across the Pennines looks likely to bypass Bradford, calling at Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle and Hull instead." Nuff said... ConcernedOne
  • Score: 10

6:49pm Tue 5 Aug 14

OLDLAD says...

The council caused the road chaos and as for the new train bradford not at planning but had input. Speaks volumes as to what people in power think of bradford.
The council caused the road chaos and as for the new train bradford not at planning but had input. Speaks volumes as to what people in power think of bradford. OLDLAD
  • Score: 8

7:08pm Tue 5 Aug 14

bradmat says...

I like the idea of a light railway conecting parts of bradford to the airport but missing out on improved conections on a high speed line across the pennines is so dissapoiting and leaving bradford behind
I like the idea of a light railway conecting parts of bradford to the airport but missing out on improved conections on a high speed line across the pennines is so dissapoiting and leaving bradford behind bradmat
  • Score: 5

7:14pm Tue 5 Aug 14

bcfc1903 says...

Can't see any of the high speed rail getting any further than Birmingham. Absolute pie in the sky that would if implemented cost an absolute fortune. We can't even get the Caldervale line electrified. Pr-election ****!!!
Can't see any of the high speed rail getting any further than Birmingham. Absolute pie in the sky that would if implemented cost an absolute fortune. We can't even get the Caldervale line electrified. Pr-election ****!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 8

10:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

basil fawlty says...

Hopefully these very important cities will kindly build a nice horse and cart track to Bradford once they've carved up the public money between themselves.
Hopefully these very important cities will kindly build a nice horse and cart track to Bradford once they've carved up the public money between themselves. basil fawlty
  • Score: 15

3:03pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Out of site says...

basil fawlty wrote:
Hopefully these very important cities will kindly build a nice horse and cart track to Bradford once they've carved up the public money between themselves.
Or a camel trail for the locals.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: Hopefully these very important cities will kindly build a nice horse and cart track to Bradford once they've carved up the public money between themselves.[/p][/quote]Or a camel trail for the locals. Out of site
  • Score: 4

9:55am Fri 22 Aug 14

thatsnotmyname says...

Election next year I see.
Election next year I see. thatsnotmyname
  • Score: 0

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