Seven West Yorkshire projects backed

Seven West Yorkshire projects backed

Funding support for seven developments designed to support economic growth, including £37.3m for the York Central development, has been approved by West Yorkshire Combined Authority's Investment Committee.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Fund will contribute £37.3m to the York Central project. This will include, a new access road into York Central, a series of accessibility and public realm improvements to the front of York station and pedestrian access improvements to the western station entrance. The scheme is set to support the delivery of up to 2,500 new homes and up to 6,000 new jobs.

The committee backed two business support schemes, with a £2.46m fund for growth services to support 690 SMEs across Leeds City Region and a £3.78m Resource Efficiency Fund both approved.

The £6.5m restoration of Rutland Mills, adjacent to the Hepworth Gallery, and the regeneration of the Kirkgate area forming Wakefield's South East Gateway were also backed, as was a £4.6m scheme to develop new homes in Dewsbury.

A series of road improvements and flood alleviation works in Leeds were given the go-ahead, including the £16.1m A61 Bus Priority Corridor Scheme in Leeds, and the second phase of a flood alleviation scheme to improve defences on the River Aire, between Leeds Station to Apperley Bridge.

Cllr Peter Box, chair of the West Yorkshire combined Authority Investment Committee, said: "All of these schemes are ambitious and designed to generate inclusive economic growth from which everyone across West Yorkshire and the City Region can benefit, and to improve our transport network to support that growth and connect people with jobs and training opportunities."