A bid to a £1.28bn government fund to improve productivity by investing in transport infrastructure in parts of North Yorkshire and the wider region is to be submitted to the Department for Transport.
The Transforming Cities Fund is designed to help to make it easier, safer and quicker for people to travel and to get to work by funding improved transport connections across city regions. Leeds City Region was among 12 areas shortlisted last year to bid for a share of the funding.
North Yorkshire County Council is working in partnership with Craven District Council, Harrogate Borough Council, Selby District Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority to make the bid on behalf of the Leeds City Region. The bid is expected to be submitted on 28 November. The DfT will then decide what funds, if any, will be allocated.
The bid, which is subject to final agreement by the partners, includes projects across the Leeds City Region. The proposed elements within North Yorkshire are:
- In Skipton, improved access for pedestrians and cyclists from the railway station to the bus station; improved railway station frontage and access for buses within this; and improved access to education and employment sites.
- In Harrogate, improved railway station frontage with better access for pedestrians and cyclists; improved facilities for walking and cycling in the town centre; and improvements to public spaces in the town.
- In Selby, improved station frontage and links to the nearby bus station; improved walking and cycling links to three major redevelopment sites, including a new cycle and footbridge over the River Ouse to the Olympia Park site. A consultation on these proposals is running at the moment, with details available via selby.gov.uk.
Depending on the level of funding granted by the DfT, consultation would be held on specific schemes as required as they were developed.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “This is a great opportunity to secure funding that could help to transform some of the gateways in the Leeds City Region. We have looked at potential barriers to people accessing public transport, cycling and walking and devised schemes would enable us to address these issues. We are pleased to be working with Craven, Selby and Harrogate to develop proposals and to ensure that the bids succeed.”
The County Council’s Executive Members for Access and Open for Business will be asked to support submission of the bid when they discuss an update on the project on Friday, 25 October.