New bus station for Dewsbury on transport bosses’ wish-list

A NEW bus station for Dewsbury is on the wish-list of West Yorkshire Transport bosses’ half-a-billion pound investment plans. 

Around £2.45 billion has been made available through the ‘Transforming Cities Fund’ – half of it reserved for areas with devolution deals. 

That leaves West Yorkshire Combined Authority to bid for the remainder but could still mean hundreds of millions of pounds will be channelled into the county.

Among the schemes included in the bid, submitted to transport secretary Grant Shapps, is transforming access to Dewsbury town centre with a new bus station. 

New walking and cycling routes between the town and Kirklees College are also included, while bus users in Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike could be treated to new bus hubs. 

If the bid is successful, the money would also go towards improving bus reliability and improvements to walking and cycling routes on the A638 between Dewsbury and Bradford and the A653 between Batley and Leeds. 

The Government is expected to announce the results of the funding bid in March.

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