West Yorkshire transport projects delayed to save £270m

Aaron Morby 2 months ago
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More than 30 transport schemes in West Yorkshire are to be placed on hold or delayed due to cost inflation.

Halifax railway station upgrade to be put on hold
Halifax railway station upgrade to be put on hold

West Yorkshire Combined Authority has agreed to pause the schemes to save £270m and create headroom for other projects to proceed.

The delays agreed by the WYCA finance committee will affect road-widening projects, park and ride schemes and railway station redevelopment.

Among the biggest schemes to be paused are £48m Bradford to Shipley Corridor Improvement, the £46m South East Bradford Access Road. The authority will also pause Kirklees’ A62 to Cooper Bridge improvements and  Bradford’s £20m A650 Tong Street scheme while it seeks alternative sources of funding.

The £23m Halifax Station Gateway will also be paused along with two bus park and ride, and five rail park and ride schemes.

Paused Project  Project Status Cost
A61 (N) multi modal corridor improvements – Scott Hall Road bus £14m
A62 to Cooper Bridge Corridor Improvements FBC £69m
A629 (Phase 4) – Ainley Top FBC £26m
A629 (Phase 5) – Ainley Top into Huddersfield FBC £13m
A650 Tong Street FBC £20m
Bradford to Shipley Corridor FBC £48m
CityConnect Phase 3 Cooper Bridge OBC £1.8m
CityConnect Phase 3 Huddersfield Town Centre FBC £1.3m
Programme – Bradford – OBC £10m
Corridor Improvement Programme – Calderdale – A629 FBC £6m
Corridor Improvement Programme – Kirklees – A629 – Fenay Lane OBC £7.5m
Corridor Improvement Programme – Kirklees – Huddersfield Southern FBC £12m
Corridor Improvement Programme – Leeds – A58 Roundhay Road FBC £9.5m
Corridor Improvement Programme – Leeds – Dawsons Corner FBC £14m
Corridor Improvement Programme – Wakefield – A638 FBC £6,m
Corridor Improvement Programme – Wakefield – Owl Lane OBC £0.05m
Halifax Station Gateway FBC £11m
Huddersfield Station Gateway (Phase 1) OBC £10m
Leeds Inland Port FBC £3m
Mirfield to Dewsbury to Leeds (M2D2L) FBC £12m
Rail Parking Package – Apperley Bridge OBC £1m
Rail Parking Package – Ben Rhydding OBC £2m
Rail Parking Package – Guiseley OBC £7m
Rail Parking Package – Outwood FBC £3m
Rail Parking Package Phase 1 OBC
Rail Parking Package phase 2 x x
South East Bradford Access Road OBC £46m
A61 Bus – Cycle – Walking Improvements OBC £5m
A61 Bus – Cycle – Walking Improvements OBC £7m
A629 Wakefield Road Sustainable Travel Corridor OBC £6m

Mayor Tracy Brabin said: “As a Mayoral Combined Authority, we are one of the first to be acting so swiftly and so collaborative to get this tricky piece of work over the line.

Director of Delivery Malanie Corcoran said that the schemes would be added to a paused pipeline and taken to outline or final business case to allow a quick start if funding becomes available at a later date.

The authority’s £1bn transport programme currently has over-programming of £151m, which could potentially increase in the near future to £215m due to the impact of current inflation rates.

The committee was told that over-programming needs to be reduced and headroom created within the programme to fund unforeseen cost rises expected in the coming 12-18 months due to inflation rises.

 

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