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More than £127m of sustainable transport and regeneration schemes are set to be considered by members of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's Investment Committee next week (5 November 2020).

Two of the schemes are being brought forward through Leeds City Region's Transforming Cities Fund (TCF), a major new programme of investment that aims to provide an accessible, attractive and cleaner alternative to car journeys.

They include a £13.6m scheme in Wakefield city centre to provide segregated cycling and walking infrastructure, as well as improvements to public spaces in the Civic and Northern Quarter, and better bus reliability and journey times through key junction and route upgrades.

A £14.47m package of improvements in and around York Rail Station, designed to complement the York Central development, will also be presented to members, along with the £47.84m A629 Halifax Town Centre scheme, which is being funded through the West Yorkshire Transport plus Fund.

The meeting will hear details of a £10.1m package of Emergency Active Travel Fund measures, which include trial walking and cycling infrastructure and behaviour change initiatives to help people move around the region safely in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cllr Kim Groves, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority;s Transport Committee, said: "We want to make it easier for people to travel on foot, by bike and by public transport. "Our TCF programme is focused on connecting people in the communities of greatest economic need with job and training opportunities through accessible, attractive and cleaner transport.

"This will help boost productivity, living standards and air quality, helping to create happier healthier communities for the future."

Members will be asked to consider two regeneration schemes in Wakefield; a £3.44m scheme to enable 60 affordable housing units to be built on the Chantry House site at Kirkgate and a £20.9m scheme to redevelop Rutland Mills into a 75,000 sq ft creative industries jobs hub.

A £9.43m scheme to redevelop High Point, a 13-storey former office block in Bradford centre, providing 87 new apartments with 4,500 sq ft of commercial space on the ground floor will also feature.

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