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Plans for £2bn West Yorkshire tram system published

£2bn Leeds to Bradford tram plan unveiled

Plans for a tram system connecting Leeds and Bradford were disclosed today by the West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin.

The mayor noted work on two lines is scheduled to begin in 2028, with government backing, and this is the line for (Leeds and Bradford). It is the most remarkable project that has been conceived in the city’s mass transport goal since the Trolleybus scheme went out of order eight years ago. The Department for Transport will look at the “strategic outline case” document submitted on behalf the Combined Authority by its members on March 14th.

The first phase of the proposed mass transit should include the route of two lines, connecting Leeds and Bradford. Leeds line travelers could go from St James Hospital, through the Leeds city centre to Elland Road and then on to White Rose Shopping Centre. This Bradford Section would be from Leeds City Centre to Bradford City Centre – also connecting Bradford Forster Square station with the newly opened Bradford railway station. This passage would reinforce Bradford’s plans to revitalize the local neighborhood, which include the arrival of a new rail station.

According to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority it could extend further and could also include Dewsbury, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale. The sudden announcement to release £2.5bn for the tram system was made by PM Rishi Sunak after he axed the HS2 project northern leg to Manchester.


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