Spen transit plan debated

By Chris Young
Local Democracy Reporter

A PROPOSED mass transit system which could run down the route of the Spen Valley Greenway would “future proof” public transport in the area, a committee was told.

Members of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partner-ship Board discussed the plans at a meeting last Wednesday where the project was described as “really important” for the future of the region.

A proposed City Region Transit Network was first revealed earlier this year. 

It included a line that would link Dewsbury to the University area of Leeds, via Bradford city centre.

It would include stops in areas not currently linked to rail networks, including Heck-mondwike and Cleckheaton.

The final plans could take a number of different forms, and include emerging technologies and automation.

Whatever form the plans take, the system is unlikely to be operational until 2033.

At the meeting Bradford Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe said: “This process will help us find out what is best and hopefully get a system where we don’t have to dig big channels through the ground.”

She asked how much the project was likely to cost, but officers told her the costings would not likely be worked out for several months.

Early plans for the system include frequent city centre stops and stops every kilometre or so in other areas.

The vehicles expected to be used are projected to enable 200 to 300 people to get on or off at every stop.

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