Leeds looking for help on mass transit system plans

Grant Prior 5 years ago
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West Yorkshire Combined Authority is calling for ideas and experience from across the world to help develop a mass transit system for Leeds.

The authority is developing plans and wants to hear from companies and consortia across the globe about the latest techniques and technologies that could help meet the city’s future transport needs.

The views of promoters, manufacturers, suppliers, constructors, engineers, system developers and operators of the best urban transit systems across the world are being sought.

Through this market testing process, West Yorkshire Combined Authority aims to develop initial designs for an advanced urban transit system that can be delivered by 2033 and ensures the whole of the Leeds City Region can benefit from major infrastructure investment including HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.

Organisations and individuals responding to the market testing are being asked to consider a system with end-to-end routes of between 10 and 30km, with frequent city centre stops and stops every kilometre or so in other areas.

Routes could run through pedestrian and heritage environments in city centres and urban areas.

Vehicles are expected to enable 200 to 300 people to get on/off at every stop and could be traditional light rail or tram train running on steel wheels, or bus rapid transit-based running on rubber tyres.

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: “The Leeds City Region economy is forecast to grow rapidly in the coming years, creating thousands of new jobs.

“There is no doubt that if the Leeds City Region is going to achieve its full economic potential while at the same time meeting the ambitious environmental goals we have set ourselves, we need to a modern mass transit system to connect people quickly and cleanly with areas of growth.

“By undertaking this market testing with the Universities of Huddersfield and Leeds, we want to ensure that whatever form our mass system takes it reflects the most modern ideas, technologies and techniques in the world and enables the City Region to remain at the forefront of those technologies for many years to come.”

Expressions of interest to take part in the market testing are now being invited by email to [email protected] by Thursday 31 October 2019.

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