'Super-council' set up to focus on transport and investment

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A new super-council, overseeing £1.4 billion of investment in transport and the economy, is just two months away from being created.

West Yorkshire’s new Combined Authority, which will be formed in April, will manage a £1 billion West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund and a £400 million economic investment fund. It will also replace West Yorkshire’s transport authority Metro.

Its board is meeting as a shadow board and has agreed there should be two separate committees formed – one to oversee transport and the other to manage investment matters.

But a spokesman said the two would work together to “ensure a fresh, joined-up approach to the whole of transport, investment and the wider economic growth agenda”. Bradford Council’s executive member for transport, Councillor Val Slater, will be given a seat on the transport committee.

The Combined Authority board is made up of the leaders of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield councils, plus City of York Council, three opposition councillors from across the region, and the chair of the Leeds City Region Economic Partnership.

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