Transport schemes get financial backing

A £1.4bn programme of transport improvements for West Yorkshire and York has been agreed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Road improvements, a new M62 junction, rail upgrades and more park-and-ride are included in the 30-plus projects scheduled for completion by 2021. Six more are scheduled for 2025.

All of the schemes are meant to unlock economic benefits and increase GVA, employment and housing growth in line with the city region economic plan.  Projects already underway include Harrogate Road New Line in Bradford, Wakefield Eastern Relief Road and York Outer Ring Road.

Bradford Council Leader David Green said: “This fund will deliver economic benefits for Bradford and the whole region.  An efficient regional transport system is the key to increasing economic prosperity and sustainability over the next decade, especially for people living in more deprived areas.  Better transport will increase employment options, as well as providing faster journeys, decongestion and improved air quality.”

Schemes include:


•             Rail station gateways – Phase 1

•             Highways network efficiency for West Yorkshire

•             Wakefield Eastern Relief Road

•             A650 Tong Street Corridor

•             Wakefield City Centre (Kirkgate and Denby Dale junctions)

•             East Leeds Orbital Road and northern outer ring road junctions

•             Aire Valley – Leeds Integrated Transport Package (phase 1 park and ride only)

•             A650 Hard Ings Road and Keighley town centre improvements

•             West Yorkshire highways efficiency and bus improvements (priority corridors)

•             Rail Station parking expansion

•             Calder Valley line rail enhancements

•             A65 to Airport Link Road, Leeds

•             A62 Cooper Bridge, Kirklees

•             Harrogate Road/New Line Junction Bradford

•             Leeds city centre – Phase 1 orbital capacity, Inner Ring Road

•             York Central Access including station gateway

•             York city centre public transport

•             York Northern Outer Ring Road


•             Rail station gateways – Phase 2

•             Aire Valley – Leeds Integrated Transport (Phase 2 highway Access)

•             West Yorkshire highways efficiency (Phase 2)

•             M62 Junction 24a on A641 Bradford Road south of Brighouse (dependent on Highways Agency)

•             Bradford to Huddersfield A641 Corridor (partially completed)

•             Bradford – Shipley Corridor Improvements along Canal Road and Manningham Lane

•             South East Bradford Access Route, Bradford


•             Rail station gateways – Phase 3

•             West Yorkshire highways efficiency (Phase 3)

•             NGT to Aire Valley, Leeds

•             A6110 Leeds Outer Ring Road Route Improvement (Stanningley Bypass to M621)


Written on 22nd December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, News