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At a recent Stakeholders' Day held at Metro's Leeds
HQ, representatives from 50 organisations across West Yorkshire
heard how they could access up to £500,000 of funding for
rural transport and accessibility projects.
Managed by Metro on behalf of Yorkshire Forward, the West
Yorkshire Rural Accessibility Programme aims to improve access to
employment and training by improving rural transport links through
two funding streams between 2009 and 2012.
Schemes such as enhanced local bus services, car clubs and
community transport will be funded by the West Yorkshire Rural
Transport Delegated Fund while the Rural Access to Services
Delegated Fund is targeted at rural Leeds and Wakefield, and aims
to improve access to key employment and training services in these
The programme follows on from the successful Rural Transport
Programme, which Metro also managed on behalf of Yorkshire
"Metro helped improve rural transport for a range of successful
projects in the previous programme, and is delighted to be part of
the Rural Accessibility Programme," said Metro Chairman Cllr Ryk
Downes. "The diverse range of projects funded included Keighley
Dial-and-Ride, a new vehicle for the Meltham Minibus and the
Heptonstall 42 Bridleway improvements.
"I look forward to seeing the range of new and innovative ideas
for connecting isolated, rural areas with training and employment
opportunities as they come through in the next three years."
Andy Tordoff, Assistant Director of Environment at Yorkshire
Forward (Rural Renaissance) commented; "Linking rural communities
with employment and education opportunities is vital and the Rural
Accessibility Programme funds targeted transport schemes which will
have a positive impact on people's lives and the rural
Any organisation interested in finding out more information on
the programme and the funding streams should email
Metro's Rural Accessibility Adviser, Peter Coello or call him
on 0113 251 7416.