New mas transit scheme for West Yorkshire

Posted on 27 January 2021

​Ambitious plans to link all of West Yorkshire's major towns and cities with a giant mass transit network have been unveiled.

The bold proposals could see up to nine separate lines built spanning the length and breadth of the county to link communities with a state-of-the-art scheme. Planning is at a very early stage though, with transport chiefs admitting that a detailed business case needs to be submitted to government in the hope of getting a £4.2 billion package to deliver the project. With a deadline of 2040, there is a long way to go before the scheme comes to fruition, but four separate options are on the table for what the futuristic vision of travel in West Yorkshire might look like in future decades. Some of the suggestions are based on existing technologies used elsewhere in the UK, but others are state-of-the-art visions which do not even exist yet.

The proposals have been pieced together after talking to more than 100 transport experts across the globe and although many of the existing technologies outlined rely on overhead wires, a report from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority states: "Battery technologies are advancing rapidly and it is realistic to plan for systems without overhead wires." Improved bus networks, better trail links and new cycle routes are also part of the major new transport proposals, which are centred around making journeys easier and greener for everyone across West Yorkshire.

However, the mass transit scheme is undoubtedly at the heart of the plans and more than 50 individual stops could be built if the plans receive full backing in the years ahead. Cllr Kim Groves, chair of the WYCA Transport Committee, said: “A new mass transit system for West Yorkshire will be a key of our transport system, linking our communities with a quick and reliable service and integrated with bus, rail, walking and cycling.

“This will represent a bold investment; a transformational transport system that will benefit many generations to come.”

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