Will Leeds See A Mass transit System Soon?

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Will Leeds See A Mass transit System Soon?

Will Leeds See A Mass transit System Soon?

It’s possible that an urban transit system could soon become a reality for the Leeds city region, with ideas and experience now being sought from all over the world to see how this could be delivered.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has now begun developing proposals for an advanced system that will back its priorities of delivering inclusive growth, raising productivity and addressing climate change through clean growth.

The Leeds city region has a population of three million and an economy of £69.6 billion gross value added, making it the biggest metropolitan area in the whole of Europe that doesn’t have its own mass transit system.

The Combined Authority is working with the likes of the University of Huddersfield’s Institute for Railway Research and the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds, and is now looking to hear from companies and groups from around the world to find out more about the latest technologies and techniques to help the city meet its future transport needs.

Chair of the transport committee councillor Kim Groves observed that the economy in Leeds is predicted to grow quickly in the near future, creating thousands of jobs. If the city is to achieve its economic potential and meet its environmental targets, then a modern transit system is a requirement in order to ensure that people are connected “quickly and cleanly with areas of growth”.

“By undertaking this market testing with the universities of Huddersfield and Leeds, we want to ensure that whatever form our mass system takes it reflects the most modern ideas, technologies and techniques in the world and enables the city region to remain at the forefront of those technologies for many years to come.  

“The prime minister has acknowledged our need for a rapid mass transit system and we look forward to hearing from him how his government intends to support us in developing one. In addition to political support, this market testing process will secure the input of industry leaders and innovators to help us deliver a groundbreaking network from which people in all our towns, cities and communities can benefit,” she went on to say.

Those responding to the market testing are being asked to weigh up the pros and cons of a system that has end-to-end routes of between ten and 30km, with frequent stops in the city centre and stops every kilometre or thereabouts in other areas. Routes could also run through pedestrian and heritage environments in urban areas.

The Combined Authority is working on an entire programme of transport scheme projects intended to increase employment and housing, as well as inclusive economic growth across the region. Projects that reduce congestion, improve freight flow and make commuting easier are now being invested in.

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