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Metro and the five West Yorkshire
District Councils which make up the Local Transport Plan
Partnership have been rewarded with £1,198,674 for their work
to tackle the effects of urban congestion in West Yorkshire. Since
2007, all large urban areas have had to set and agree targets for
traffic congestion with the Department for Transport.
Plans have been developed to tackle congestion by
keeping journey time increases in line with targets where overall
volumes of travel are increasing. Measure such as new and extended
bus lanes, vehicle tracking systems which give buses priority at
traffic lights and work to enforce bus lanes have all contributed
to the success.
"It is important that that we tackle
congestion and attracting this considerable chunk of funding by
exceeding targets will enable Metro and its partners to introduce
even more-extensive measures to keep journey times down," said
Metro Chairman Councillor Chris Greaves.
"These include more bus gates, bus
lanes and junction improvements.
"The benefits of these should help us
stay ahead of the DfT's targets, which opens the door to a further
£1m of extra funding over the next two years, which would, in
turn, enable us to implement even more congestion-beating
projects," he added.
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