Yorkshire benefits from multi-million pound transport schemes

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin officially opened Wakefield Westgate’s new train station during a tour of multi-million pound infrastructure projects being rolled out across West Yorkshire.

Patrick Mcloughlin and Karen Boswell, East Coast Managing Director, at the opening of Wakefield Westgate station.

The new £8.6m station was the centrepiece of his visit to the region, which also included stops in Leeds and Pudsey to discuss how government investment is improving transport links for passengers. He also viewed work to reduce congestion on the A647 between Leeds and Bradford.

The government is investing heavily in the Yorkshire and Humber region with £370m planned to be spent on roads this year, while rail passengers will benefit from improved services as part of the £500m Northern Hub project.

West Yorkshire will also benefit from the government’s new north-south high speed rail link, which will improve connectivity and boost the regional economy by £1bn annually.