Rail stations in line for more parking

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership secretary Sue Mitchell and chairman Geoff Mitchell at land which may be used to create a car park for the station

Mytholmroyd Station Partnership secretary Sue Mitchell and chairman Geoff Mitchell at land which may be used to create a car park for the station

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Plans to expand car parks at a series of stations across West Yorkshire - including two in the upper Calder Valley - used by commuters heading into the cities of Bradford, Leeds and Manchester have taken a step forward.

The scheme would initially see expansion work carried out to provide more parking spaces at Fitzwilliam, Horsforth, South Elmsall and Mytholmroyd.

A second wave of projects would increase the size of car parks at Hebden Bridge, Menston, Mirfield, Morley, Normanton, Shipley and Steeton and Silsden stations.

The improvements are expected to cost around £14 million to be paid out of the West Yorkshire Transport Fund - a put of money put together by West Yorkshire councils along with government cash.

It is hoped providing more car parking spaces at stations across West Yorkshire will make it easier for people to access jobs over a wider area as well as reducing traffic on the roads.

Councillors on the Combined Authority will be asked in the coming weeks to approve the spending of £137,000 to develop the schemes in more detail.

The first round of schemes are expected to be easier to progress because the land is readily available to develop - construction on these schemes is expected to begin by the end of March. The later projects are more complex due to tenancy or ownership issues.