Consultation on West Yorkshire’s public transport system could see tram or light rail stops in Queensbury, Ovenden and Brighouse

It remains to be decided what type of vehicle would be used for this huge county-wide public transport network – and the whole project may not be finished before 2040.

A consultation on the planned public transport system – which will link Calderdale and Bradford to all major urban areas in the region, will run until January 16.

The multi-billion pound plans already went through consultations last year, and a second round has now begun.

A new round of consultation on West Yorkshire’s proposed public transport system has begun.

The new consultation says feedback from the first consultation has led to some changes – including a new focus on reaching areas north of Bradford.

A number of different transport methods could be used for the network. Proposals include light rail/tram, tram/train, ultralight rail and “advanced bus rapid transit”.

The line from Bradford to Leeds is one of the first routes to be developed under the plans.

This route will include stops at Bradford Forster Square and the proposed new Northern Powerhouse rail line for the city centre, as well as Laisterdyke, Pudsey, Bramley, Wortley and Leeds.

Areas like Queensbury, pictured, and Calderdale communities such as Ovenden, Illingworth and Clifton could be linked by the public transport system

Another line would link Bradford to Dewsbury, with stops at ‘South Bradford’, Holme Wood, Low Moor, a new park and ride at Chain Bar, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike and Batley.

A proposed line between Bradford and Halifax would include stops at Queensbury, Illingworth and Ovenden, Low Moor, Clifton Enterprise Zone and Brighouse.

And a Bradford/North West Leeds line will include stops at Frizinghall, Shipley, Baildon, Guiseley and Otley, and a branch that runs from the city to Apperley Bridge and Leeds Bradford Airport.

The consultation says construction of the first stage of the plan – which will include the Bradford to Leeds line and the Bradford to Dewsbury line, will start in the late 2020s and be completed in the early 2030s.

West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin

The network will be funded and developed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which will use part of its £830m City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement to develop the plan.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “This is another step forward for our ambitious public transport project, which will truly transform our region by connecting communities with fast, reliable and affordable transport services. integrated.

“At a time of instability and chaos in Westminster, it is essential that the new government renews its commitment to West Yorkshire’s public transport system so that we can continue to move this important work forward with confidence.”

The combined authority, which covers all of West Yorkshire’s district councils and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, set out its vision in its 2040 transport strategy document saying the region’s economy must thrive and grow d in a way that benefits everyone who lives and works here, the ‘right transport system had to be in place’.

According to the document: “To achieve this vision, we need a transport network that connects businesses to customers and suppliers, that connects people to education, training and fulfilling employment opportunities, that supports the construction of new affordable and much-needed housing and enables the regeneration and development of industrial land and that minimizes harmful emissions to our environment.

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