West Yorkshire Combined Authority sets out plans for mass transit system

Plans for a transport network – including a new mass transit system – that connects all West Yorkshire’s communities to jobs, education and opportunity are set out today.

The proposals identify where people will live and work in the coming decades, the journeys they will need to take and how best to connect them through an integrated network including walking and cycling, bus, mass transit and rail.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is publishing its Connectivity Infrastructure Plan and Mass Transit Vision 2040 today and asking people across the region to have their say.

The two documents include further detail on emerging plans for a new West Yorkshire mass transit system and the areas it could serve as part of a wider programme of transport investment over the next 20 years.

They also set out the critical role of major projects including HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the upgrade to the Trans-Pennine line, alongside a rollout of rail electrification, in delivering an integrated transport system that connects communities in West Yorkshire to each other and the wider UK.

The proposals:

  • Outline the early phases of a new mass transit system for West Yorkshire in this decade: 
  • Improving transport connections for up to 675,000 people in the 20% most deprived communities in West Yorkshire
  • Connecting up to 35 housing growth areas and 17 employment growth areas and five hospitals
  • Make the case for rail electrification and investment in new infrastructure enabling a minimum of two trains per hour to and from every rail station in the region alongside improved intercity connections to the rest of the UK
  • Encourage 24m additional journeys a year by bus by 2033 through additional vehicles and priority measures
  • Enable the reduction of transport’s contribution to carbon emissions by up to 81% as the region aims to be net-zero carbon by 2038

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority 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.”

The Connectivity Infrastructure Plan and the Mass Transit Vision 2040 can be read in full here where you can also comment on the proposals.

If you’d like to get in touch with us regarding our future transport vision please email Connectivity@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

You can take the survey here .