Leeds City Council unsure about transport funding

Leeds City Council is unsure what has happened to £100 million of transport funding that was promised to the council last year.

Councillors are unsure whether or not the money had been previously announced.

In the integrated rail plan, introduced by transport secretary Grant Shapps last November, £100m was to go towards a future West Yorkshire mass transit scheme.

But money had also been announced as part of the City Regional Sustainable Transport Settlement, which was part of the mayor Tracy Brabin’s devolution package.

Now Leeds City Council chiefs don’t know whether the £100m announced last year was new money, or was already included in the CRSTS, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Having asked Government to clarify this, the council is still awaiting a response, more than five months on, said the report.

On the plans for a mass transit scheme, Leeds City Council’s portfolio holder for transport Coun Helen Hayden (Lab) said: “We are progressing quite well, and there are lots of things to overcome in terms of routes and that kind of thing, but discussions have progressed really well.

“On the CRSTS, we did get towards the high point of our bid, but then in the IRP, they mentioned £100m for mass transit, but we still need clarification over whether that is new money, and we still haven’t had that clarification.

“We haven’t had clarification on any of our questions we took to them. It is extremely frustrating – we don’t know

“They have not responded as yet, probably because they don’t know.”

Blueprints were revealed last year for a West Yorkshire mass transit system, this time with neighbouring towns and cities also proposed to benefit from new lines.

While it is still unclear what form the transport would take, it is likely that it would be some kind of tram or light rail system.

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