22 July 2020

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is set to consider draft economic and transport plans designed to help the region recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The draft plans set out actions needed for a locally led recovery that builds on the West Yorkshire's strengths and puts in place measures to support jobs, supported by transport options that allow people to travel in safety and with confidence.

They put a priority on reducing inequality, increasing inclusivity, and building a resilient and sustainable environment for the region's shared future.

The plans will be discussed at a meeting on Monday 27 July 2020 and, if agreed, will form the basis of discussions with government on the support the region needs and how West Yorkshire can contribute to the national recovery effort.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and leader of Bradford Council, said: "The combined authority and its partners are focused on doing all they can to support our region in the recovery from the devastating impact of Covid-19.

"These draft plans are about creating a better, more equal economy for the future and a cleaner, sustainable environment, with better jobs, higher skills and the right infrastructure for our communities.

"This work has been led by local leaders, because the recovery efforts must be led locally if they are to be successful - focused on our local needs and led by those who know the West Yorkshire people and its economy."