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Welcoming today's announcement of the creation of the West
Yorkshire-Plus Transport Fund, Cllr James Lewis, Metro Chairman,
"Today's announcement is good news for the whole of West
Yorkshire and Leeds City Region. We've long known that the north of
England as a whole has suffered from long-term under-investment,
yet transport is a vital element in unlocking the huge economic
potential the region has to offer.
"Metro and the five district councils in West Yorkshire will now
work together towards the creation of a new Combined Authority with
responsibility for transport, economic development and
regeneration. It will manage £1bn of transport investment
from 2014, supported by funding from the Department for Transport,
with the aim of enabling economic growth by reducing journey times
and improve connectivity with neighbouring areas.
"The transport authorities of West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire
and Greater Manchester have also formally submitted proposals to
form a Rail in the North Executive, to manage the new Northern and
trans-Pennine franchises from 2014.
"These important initiatives will mean that transport will be
managed locally rather than from Whitehall, with decision making to
suit local needs, accountability to Council Tax-payers and creating
a transport network fit for purpose."