My Department is committed to improving both rail and bus links in Yorkshire and Humber. The Northern and TransPennine Express rail franchises will deliver more seats and more services with brand-new and refurbished-as-new trains, including the replacement of all Pacer trains by 2020. The multi-billion pound Great North Rail Project includes upgrades being delivered now to the Calder Valley Line between Manchester, Bradford and Leeds, as well as capacity investments at Bradford Mill Lane and an additional platform at Leeds Station. But we want to go further, and are planning to upgrade the key Transpennine route between Manchester, Leeds and York to give passengers faster and more reliable journeys.
In the longer term, my Department remains committed to both High Speed 2 and to Northern Powerhouse Rail. The Department has provided Transport for the North with £60m to develop Northern Powerhouse Rail and committed £300m to ensure High Speed 2 can accommodate future Northern Powerhouse Rail services.
For more local improvements, Local Enterprise Partnerships have been provided with devolved Local Growth funding, which can be spent on rail and bus improvements, such as the £9.6 million allocated for capacity improvements on the Harrogate to York rail line. The Government has also provided £173.5 million from the failed trolley bus scheme to support the Leeds Local Public Transport Improvement Programme, which will deliver a wide range of bus and rail improvements in Leeds, including plans for new rail stations at Thorpe Park, Millshaw and a parkway station for Leeds Bradford International Airport. The Transforming Cities Fund announced in the Autumn Budget has provided £840million to the six mayoral combined authorities and the remainder will be allocated by competition. This will provide further funding for public transport improvements in other English cities, and could include those in Yorkshire and the Humber. Guidance on how to bid into the competitive half of the fund will be published shortly.
The Bus Services Act received Royal Assent in April 2017 and provides new powers to enable improvements to bus services. Regulations and guidance are now being published to allow for stronger partnership working; bus franchising powers for metro mayors; and better information on fares and routes for bus passengers.