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Chairman Cllr Chris Greaves has described the Transport Select
Committee's call on the Government to correct regional disparities
in transport investment as 'just what's needed in West Yorkshire
and the Leeds City Region'.
"We have long made the point that while we can understand the
special transport needs of the capital, there has been a legacy of
transport underspending in the north with our region receiving one
of the lowest overall levels of investment," said Cllr Greaves.
"We have drawn up comprehensive plans for an improved local rail
network with more stations and additional train capacity to meet
continued growth in demand, to develop a link to Leeds-Bradford
airport through the introduction of tram-train, for the first stage
of a trolleybus network in Leeds and for the new transport
interchange in Castleford.
"All of these plans are underpinned by independent research
which shows the economic and social benefits they would bring but
without the funding from central Government, our ability to
progress them is restricted.
"A re-focusing of Government transport spending on the regions
combined with the strategic decision-making opportunities that will
come from the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership would
enable us to start moving forward with the plans which underpin the
recovery and growth of our local, regional and national
"I look forward to welcoming Transport Secretary Philip Hammond
to West Yorkshire to discuss how, in the light of the Transport
Select Committee's recommendations, we can progress our plans."