Published: 16th Mar 2020

West Yorkshire leaders have secured a devolution deal to unlock more than £1.8bn to improve living standards through better public transport and stronger businesses.  The agreement includes government commitment to support the development of a West Yorkshire Mass Transit System through investment from the Transforming Cities Fund. £317m will be spent on improving public transport, cycling and walking infrastructure. A further £3.2m will be used to support the development of housing sites across West Yorkshire and £25m will be used for the development of a British Library in Leeds. The deal also includes a guaranteed £1.1bn over the next 30 years as part of a new West Yorkshire Investment Fund that will be used for future housing sites and a new heritage fund. In addition to the funding, this deal gives West Yorkshire more decision-making powers to set its own priorities. Work is already underway to explore the implications of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)