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Keighley council in bid for roads cash
1:49pm Thursday 4th October 2012 in News
Congestion-busting measures in Keighley could be included in a £1 billion county-wide transport improvement package.
Councillors have proposed work to cut congestion in the town centre and on Hard Ings Road.
But the measures will compete against almost 60 other potential schemes across West Yorkshire.
The total cost of the measures would be £4 billion – and only a quarter of this will be available over the next 10 years.
The proposed measures are part of the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund, which will pay for schemes with potential for improving the region’s economy.
The intention is that a fully- integrated transport system for West Yorkshire will increase investment and create up to 30,000 new jobs.
A key aspect is to provide people living in more deprived areas with better transport to access jobs.
Earlier this summer, the county’s five district councils – including Bradford – along with York Council agreed guidelines for how the fund would operate. They put forward 60 potential transport schemes.
An update on the project will be presented to Bradford Council’s executive on Tuesday, when members will be asked to approve further development.
This will include examining the 60 schemes in detail to decide which ones offer the most economic benefits for the region and drawing up a priority list before the end of the year.
Other potential schemes in the district include improvements to Bradford’s two railway stations and congestion relief between Shipley and Bradford.
Coun Val Slater, Bradford Council’s executive member for housing, planning and transport, said significant work had already been undertaken on the plan.
She said: “All the authorities involved now need to commit to the next stages to ensure that the development of the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund is kept on track ready for establishment in 2013.
“The development of an integrated and progressive transport system for the region is the key to increasing economic prosperity and sustainability. There will also be benefits of faster journeys, less congestion and improved air quality for the region.”