West Yorkshire Public Transport: More details on the ‘ultra light rail’ or tram system for Leeds, Bradford and Halifax

It remains to be decided what type of vehicle would be used for this huge transport network – and the whole project may not be finished before 2040. A consultation in the planned public transport system – which will appeal to all major cities in the region, will last until January 16.

The multi-billion pound plans already went through consultations last year, and a second round has now begun. The new consultation indicates that feedback from the first consultation has led to some changes, including a new focus on reaching areas north of Bradford. A number of different means of transport 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.

A concept image showing what West Yorkshire’s planned public transport system might look like and, inset, a public transport map of the area with stops. Photos: WYCA.

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. 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 indicates that the 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. The network will be funded and developed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which will use part of its Sustainable Transport Regulation from the the city of £830million 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.”

Jose P. Rogers