Stuart has today welcomed the Prime Minister's keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference 2023. In this speech, the Prime Minister made a number of announcements that will positively impact constituents of Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough and the wider West Yorkshire region, such as the announcement of Network North.
Other key announcements made by the Prime Minister include:
- Funding West Yorkshire Mass Transit, a £2.5bn commitment to a transformative network of up to seven lines (probably a mixture of tram, tram-train and bus rapid transit) serving both Leeds and much of the conurbation, including Pudsey and Guiseley. We committed to it in principle in the IRP, with development funding; this is a new commitment to scheme funding, the biggest example of our shift from intercity to intra-city transport. It also benefits rail services across the North by easing congestion at Leeds station, taking some local services out of the station and on to the streets.
- The six northern combined authorities, including West Yorkshire, will be given a further £3.9bn between them for local transport – fully additional to their existing earmarked settlements under CRSTS1 and CRSTS2.
- The funding in the IRP for fast Leeds-Manchester-Liverpool links stands, delivering a 33-minute journey time from Leeds to Manchester and 68 min Leeds-Liverpool.
- A further £5bn electrifying, speeding and upgrading the routes between all the North’s main cities – not just Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, and Newcastle, but also Sheffield, Bradford, and Hull, doubling or trebling frequencies and reducing journey times by up to a quarter. All these cities will be added to NPR. We will create a network where all the nine biggest cities of the North are connected to each other by fast, electric trains several times an hour.
- £2bn of this will be spent giving Bradford a new through station and new line connecting to the NPR line near Huddersfield, with a Bradford-Manchester journey time of c30 min once the new high-speed line west of Marsden is open. There will also be much faster journeys from Bradford to Huddersfield.
- The new east-west line across Manchester will make journeys across the North, including many in Yorkshire, more reliable by unblocking the region’s biggest rail bottleneck, central Manchester.
- Dawson’s Corner Junction and Stanningley Bypass – top up MRN/LLM scheme - A remodelled and enlarged signalised junction at ‘Dawsons Corner’ (A6120 / A647 Junction) and 4.5km structural renewal of Stanningley Bypass.
- Increased funding for BSIP for the North
- North road Resurfacing Fund
Stuart said: "I have been pushing for improved public transport, roads and overall connectivity in my constituency and indeed across our region and beyond ever since I became a Member of Parliament. It is a huge issue that affects all of my constituents in one way or the other, and I am pleased that the Prime Minister has listened to concerns about the ongoing viability of high speed projects that were launched over a decade ago. While pleased, I will continue to push for what is best for our constituency and the North."