West Yorkshire Transport Fund: investing in sustainable transport

WYTransportCO2 emissions from transport (almost entirely road vehicles) dropped in absolute terms by 28,000 tonnes between 2005-11 but increased as a percentage of Calderdale’s total from 20.1 to 21.3%.  Most of action to reduce vehicle CO2 is taken at the EU level but in our sub-region the WY Transport Fund is a proposed £1 billion pound investment fund intended to improve rail and road infrastructure to 2025.

Our projects

Calder Valley Railway Improvements

£40 million would spent on the Calder Valley Railway. It is not yet decided how this should be spent. Partners are currently considering whether improvements to carriages or the tracks will provide the optimum service for passengers. There will be improvements to station car parks across West Yorkshire. Mytholmroyd will be one of the first stations to be upgraded.

Reducing time cars and busses spend on the roads

A629 corridor scheme: This project would decrease journey times between Huddersfield and Halifax focusing on the Salterhebble and Ainley Top junction. A dedicated bus lane is designed to make bus journeys 25% shorter than they are currently.

A641 improvements: It’s proposed that a bypass could be built around Brighouse to create a faster connection for busses and cars between Bradford and Huddersfield.

Savings

The modelling for the WYTF identified that the ‘baseline case’ CO2 reductions between 2012-36 would be -21%, mostly from increased engine and fuel efficiencies. The potential carbon emissions reductions or increases produced by these Calderdale schemes are not yet known. Because the principle aim of the fund is to increase jobs and employment sites this may in turn increase the number of cars on the roads. Dedicated bus routes have been built into the plan to give priority to public transport journeys.

Studies have shown that a 25% reduction in journey time is required for people to make the modal shift from cars to public transport and therefore this is the aim of the bus and rail schemes. Monitoring of the projects once completed would show whether or not this has been achieved.

Links

wyita.gov.uk