Plan for West Yorkshire transit system announced
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has published an ambitious vision for a mass transit network for
January 27, 2021
This first phase of public consultation is open for public comment until April 11.
The plans also set out the critical role of major projects including HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, the Trans-Pennine line upgrade and rail electrification in an integrated transport system to connect West Yorkshire's cities, towns and local communities.
A new mass transit system forms part of that ambition but with only early indications, as yet, as to whether an advanced bus, tram, light rail or tram-train system would be most-suited to each part of the scheme.
It also seeks to add to the travel opportunities within some of the existing busy travel corridors and solve transit problems such as providing a connection between Bradford stations.
Trams once provided hundreds of miles of services between the cities and towns now forming the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire. Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax and Leeds all had their own municipal tram networks operating in the late 1800s. There were also tram systems operating in the woollen district around Dewsbury and also in Wakefield and between Normanton and Pontefract.
Some of the tram networks came to an end in the 1930s, but Huddersfield continued to 1940, Bradford to 1950 and Leeds to 1959 as routes were switched to electric trolley buses and later diesel buses.