The Government has announced funding for high frequency busways, improved park and ride facilities and better stops and signs in Leeds.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones has confirmed a £173.5 million funding package including integrated bus corridors, including segregated lanes and real time information for passengers making journeys in and around the city centre.
He says commuters will see more reliable journeys, and better travel information, with a focus on improving the daily experience of bus users and the funding allows Leeds to develop proposals for local rail improvements, subject to wider rail industry consultation.
Andrew Jones said, “New segregated bus corridors and investment in park and ride schemes will be a huge benefit to people who live and work in Leeds, and those who visit the city. This investment will make public transport in Leeds more accessible and reduce journey times.
“Better transport facilities don’t just help people get around, they help them get on – connecting them to jobs and helping to deliver economic growth in the north.”
The Department for Transport says the funding will cover a 4 year period, with West Yorkshire Combined Authority receiving £21 million in 2017/18 rising to £54.7 million in 2020/21.
Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said, “We are delighted that the Department for Transport has given its support for our plans which have the potential to transform public transport in Leeds, with improvements we can deliver in the coming years in keeping with what the people of Leeds told us they want to see.
That is making it quicker and easier for everyone to be able to move around the city as well as connecting people and businesses to places and jobs, increasing productivity and supporting major economic growth areas.”