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Devolution plans announced for West Yorkshire

In the budget the chancellor announced devolution and an elected mayor

A West Yorkshire devolution deal unlocking more than £1.8 billion in investment has been secured for West Yorkshire.

Yorkshire MP Rishi Sunak announced the plans in today's budget, they will give West Yorkshire an elected metro mayor and include a Government commitment to support the development of a West Yorkshire Mass Transit System and investment from the Transforming Cities Fund which, with the other resources available through the deal, will enable the delivery of the full pipeline of West Yorkshire transport projects submitted in the region’s bid.

In addition to significant funding, the deal should give West Yorkshire far greater decision-making powers  - allowing the region to set its own priorities including ensuring a vibrant future for towns and our rural areas while securing the economic success of our cities. Work is already underway exploring the implications of franchising bus services and identifying the actions we need to take to meet our ambitious carbon-reduction targets.

In a statement West Yorkshire combined authority said that becoming a devolved mayoral area will be critical in ensuring West Yorkshire is in the best place to access to future funding and powers given the Government’s increased focus on making mayoral combined authorities its primary route for supporting regional economic development.

Today’s agreement follows extensive negotiations between the Leaders of West Yorkshire Councils and Communities Minister Simon Clarke supported by officers from West Yorkshire authorities and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

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