Sunday, 21 December 2014

Reportage: Green light for transport plans

A £1.4bn programme of transport improvements for West Yorkshire has been agreed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, with £150 million being set aside for Calderdale.

The programme of 30 schemes across the region will see road improvements, a new junction on the M62 near Brighouse, rail line upgrades and increased opportunities for park and ride at more accessible stations. They are among schemes to be undertaken under the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund.

Coun Stephen Baines, Conservative leader of Calderdale Council, said: “This is great news for the region, providing the essential investment in our infrastructure which is needed to fuel economic growth, create new jobs and stimulate business productivity. For Calderdale it will bring improvements to the A629 Halifax to Huddersfield corridor, to Halifax town centre and much needed enhancements to the Calder Valley rail line.”

Coun Barry Collins, deputy leader of the Labour group, said: “Calderdale has punched above its weight in the two-year Transport Fund negotiations. The result is an estimated £150 million of infrastructure investment across the borough. Over the next decade, the challenge will be to drive our projects effectively to completion.”

Peter Box, chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said, “This vital programme of transport development focuses on delivering benefits which transcend district boundaries.”

Work should start on most schemes by 2021.

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