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Cllr James Lewis has welcomed an announcement from the Department
for Transport of additional funding for rail projects in the north
"Metro has for a long time been calling for greater investment
in transport in Yorkshire, and I'm pleased that today's
announcements will go some way to meeting our needs.
"We have always said that the £560m Northern Hub proposals
should be funded in their entirety to unlock the potential for
growth across the north of England and the £130m of funding,
on top of the north trans-Pennine electrification and Ordsall Curve
schemes already agreed, will help push the proposals forward.
"The Northern Hub also underpins the Yorkshire Rail Network
Study, which identifies the potential to bring up to £12bn of
economic benefits to our region.
"By improving journey times along the Calder Valley, people and
businesses along the route - which runs through Bradford and
Halifax - will benefit from increased employment options in West
Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, as will leisure visitors to the
Pennine tourist areas.
"I also welcome the announcement from the Department for
Communities and Local Government of its intention to work with
Metro and other Passenger Transport Executives on greater
devolution of powers and transport funding, including on future
rail franchises, so that our region's Council Tax-payers can
benefit from more local decision making."