West Yorkshire tram announcement

Plans for West Yorkshire tram system in Bradford and Leeds

The Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, has announced plans for a tram system between Leeds and Bradford which will revolutionise the region’s transport network.

The Mayor said: “We are taking a major step forward towards the biggest infrastructure project West Yorkshire has seen since the development of the motorways six decades ago.

“We know that mass transit systems have successfully helped to regenerate areas right across the country by boosting connectivity, opportunity and prosperity – and we will work tirelessly to make sure that happens here in West Yorkshire.”

Phase one of the programme would include two lines serving Leeds and Bradford.

“We are taking a major step forward towards the biggest infrastructure project West Yorkshire has seen since the development of the motorways six decades ago.

The Leeds Line would run from St James’ Hospital, through the city centre and on to the White Rose Shopping Centre and Elland Road.

The Bradford Line would run from Leeds city centre to Bradford city centre and would also link Bradford Forster Square station with the new Bradford rail station, in line with plans to regenerate the city’s southern gateway.

The exact routes of both remain subject to public consultation.

Leader of Bradford Council Susan Hinchliffe said: “West Yorkshire is currently the biggest region in the country without a mass transit system.

“These tram proposals are part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for comprehensive new transport links, which will undoubtedly enhance people’s lives.”

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor James Lewis, added: “Mass transit will transform transport across our city and the wider region, helping to boost our economy and bringing our communities within easier reach of jobs and leisure opportunities.”

The Combined Authority will work with local authorities to plan future phases of a mass transit network that would reach Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale.

It will also work on a £1 million Mass Transit development fund, which would support the construction of a Dewsbury Line in the future.

It is hoped that construction of the two “phase one” lines will begin in 2028.

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