West Yorkshire Combined Authority brings together the public sector in the form of the five West Yorkshire districts, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield plus York, and the business sector through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
It is the driving force for economic growth across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield districts and the City of York Council area and brings together key decision-makers, into a single body, putting West Yorkshire and the wider Leeds City Region, which includes the City of York and parts of North Yorkshire, in a much stronger position to deliver greater economic growth by using transport to improve access to jobs and leisure, making the City Region a better place to live and work.
Over the last 12 months, West Yorkshire Combined Authority has:
- worked in partnership with bus operators to develop the Bus 18 initiative that will see improved services for passengers
- carried out an extensive public consultation, which received over 5,000 responses, that will be used in the development of 20-year West Yorkshire Transport and Bus Strategies
- bid for £109m from the third round of the Leeds City Region Growth Deal, in addition to £1 billion-plus deal already secured by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to boost jobs and growth across the whole of Leeds City Region
- approved a total of £79m has now been committed towards new the City Region’s FE college infrastructure – the largest current package of skills capital investment in the country, which is forecast to boost the regional economy by £600m through an 18% increase in the number of college students by 2021 and the creation of 3,000 apprenticeships
- supported over 1,500 SMEs in Leeds City Region to access products and services to help them achieve their growth ambitions. Of these, 550 have received intensive support from our team of district-based Growth Managers who have been able to link them to the right support at the right time
- invested over £7.5m of capital grants into over 200 businesses across the city region as a critical contribution to their expansion plans.
- adopted the new West Yorkshire Low Emission Strategy , jointly developed with the five West Yorkshire District Councils and Public Health England to reduce the harmful emissions from transport and other sources that impact on health and the environment
- worked with Transport for the North on the development of the planned Northern Powerhouse Rail project that will provide faster and more frequent journeys between the Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Hull and York
- continued work to ensure Leeds City Region is HS2-ready and the development of Leeds and the city’s South Bank as a Yorkshire Transport Hub where HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail link up and provide interchanges with the local transport networks
- completed and opened the first stage of the 23km Cycle Superhighway connecting Leeds and Bradford, on which cyclists have already made over 100,000 trips
- continued to press the Government to agree a meaningful devolution deal that delivers significant social and economic benefits to West Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region
- opened South Elmsall’s new public transport hub, creating lasting improvements for the 193,000 bus passengers who used the town’s previous bus station
- supported completion of Phase 1 of the Superfast West Yorkshire project which has made fibre broadband available to more than 64,500 homes and businesses and which will enable a further , which will enable a further 28,000 premises to access the new technology by the end of 2018
- doubled the size of Leeds’ Elland Road Park and Ride to almost 800 spaces and opened a new facility for passengers, which includes toilets, baby changing and ticket machines
- once again funded Boxing Day bus services that were used by over 65,000 people, an increase of 10,000 on the previous year
- hosted events with the Yorkshire and Humber Dementia Action Alliance to share with others the work we have carried out to develop services for hard-to-reach and disadvantaged customers including people living with dementia
- enabled young people to order their Photocards online and launched the Pay As You Go and DaySaver M-Cards making public transport more convenient and more affordable for local people
- opened a new rail station at Kirkstall Forge, which includes a 129-space car park with a pick up/drop off point, fully-accessible platforms with both staircases and lifts, secure cycle parking and waiting shelters
- opened the new, heated passenger facility at the popular Elland Road Park & Ride, and increased the number of parking spaces to 800
- delivered SAFEMark travel training to 13,000 Year 6 pupils across West Yorkshire and coordinated home-to-school transport for over 50,000 pupils at a lower cost per passenger than last year.
- helped 1,700 households to save money by installing energy efficiency and heating improvements through the Better Homes Yorkshire programme.
And over the next 12 months West Yorkshire Combined Authority will continue to work with its partners to:
- see the completion of the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road, the first scheme in West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s £1bn, 10-year programme of strategic transport schemes programme
- open a new rail station at Low Moor station between Bradford and Halifax
- complete the Aire Valley Park & Ride and develop plans for Temple Green Park
- develop and shape the new Leeds Transport Strategy
- help shape and inform the Transport for the North, the emerging HS2 and Northern Powerhouse rail agendas.
Funding of Transport
|Budget||2016/17 £m||2017/18 £m|
|Budget requirement (gross expenditure – income)||99.7||96.9|
|Where the money comes from||2016/17 £m||2017/18 £m|
|How your money will be spent in 2017/18||£m|
|Subsidised bus and Access Bus services||18.2|
|Development and other support||9.9|
|Financing and contingency||5.3|