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Councillors asked to approve Leeds Bradford Airport transport plan
4:11pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in Local news
Leeds City Council leaders have been asked to agree to push on with plans to form a £1bn regional transport fund.
The authority’s executive board heard yesterday about the proposed West Yorkshire Transport Fund, which would lead to a ten-year programme of rail and road improvements across the region.
If approved and moved forward by Leeds and neighbouring local authorities, the scheme could pay for projects like a new rail link to Leeds Bradford Airport – something many business groups and politicians insist is vital for the future health of the local economy.
The report given to yesterday’s meet-ing at Leeds heard the fund could also:
- generate significant additional investment that would create short and long-term jobs
- improve connections to, from and within West Yorkshire, by creating a fully integrated transport system; and
- reduce the area’s dependence on funding from central government.
It said: “There is clear evidence that without significant and well-targeted investment in the transport network in West Yorkshire, the opportunities for economic growth will be constrained.
“This will be a result of increasing levels of congestion, rising costs of motoring and public transport and the inability to recruit a workforce, interact with other businesses or transport goods and services to people and businesses that need them.”