Decision details

Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme

Reference: D44549

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Approve the expenditure of £15.31m to progress the development of the Leeds Public Transport Improvement Programme.


The Director of City Development submitted a report which sought ‘authority to spend’ a total of up to £15.31m from the £173.5m funding which the Department for Transport had agreed in April 2017 for the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme. Additionally, the report detailed the next steps for the delivery of the Programme.


Responding to a Member’s enquiry, the Board received further information regarding when the proposed programme of works would need to be delivered by, together with further detail on the proposed new rail stations, and the current position with regard to Network Rail funding. The Board also noted that discussions were ongoing with bus companies, with Members highlighting the need for all residents of Leeds to benefit from improvements to bus transport, and not just those users of specific bus companies.


Responding to Members’ comments regarding investment in different modes of transport, it was highlighted that the public transport network needed to become as seamless as possible, in order to ensure that the public benefit was maximised from the investment being made.


The Board discussed the cross-party working group, noted the comments made during the discussion, and reaffirmed the importance of cross-party working in this area.


Regarding the Council debate on public transport which had been scheduled for 17th May 2017, but had been subsequently cancelled following the Prime Minister’s announcement to hold a General Election, it was highlighted that a comprehensive discussion on such matters was still a priority, and that further work and discussion on the scheduling of this would be undertaken.



(a)  That the Government approval of £173.5m funding towards public transport improvements in Leeds, together with the content of the related correspondence, as detailed at Appendix 1 to the submitted report, be noted;


(b)  That approval be given to inject the Department for Transport grant of up to £173.5m towards public transport improvements in Leeds, as set out within the contents of the approval letter (as appended to the submitted report), subject to the finalisation of a grant agreement with West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) in accordance with their assurance framework and those elements of the programme to be delivered directly by WYCA;


(c)  That expenditure of up to £15.31m from the £173.5m Government funding be approved in order to progress the Leeds Public Transport Improvement Programme, subject to finalising those elements to be directly delivered by WYCA;


(d)  That it be noted that officers will return to Executive Board in due course in order to seek approval to carry out detail design and construction on schemes as they are developed;


(e)  That negotiations with bus operators, developers and partners continue in order to leverage significant additional financial investments to support the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme;


(f)  That the necessary authority be provided in order to enter into a Grant Agreement with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority for the expenditure of monies;


(g)  That it be noted that the Chief Officer (Highways and Transportation) is responsible for the delivery of the programme.


Reason Key: Expenditure > £250,000;

Portfolio Holder: Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning

Other reasons / organisations consulted

lnitial feedback from the Leeds Transport Conversation, including meetings with Area Committees. The initial emerging proposals will be discussed with Area Committees in the Autumn as part of the ongoing Leeds Transport Conversation.


Engagement with local communities will commence as individual scheme proposals emerge. A prospectus has been drafted for the Bus Priority Corridors element of LPTIP to inform the public of the rational for investing in bus infrastructure and how it links to the Leeds Vision and the ongoing Transport Conversation. The prospectus also outlines the benefits of bus

infrastructure investment, highIighting the proposed interventions and engagement process.


Area Committees, Leeds Transport Expert Advisory Panel

Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning


Contact: Andrew Wheeler, Highway Design and Construction / NGT Manager 0113 3788920 Email:

Report author: Andrew Wheeler

Publication date: 27/06/2017

Date of decision: 21/06/2017

Decided at meeting: 21/06/2017 - Executive Board

Effective from: 01/07/2017

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