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Brabin pledges to deliver mass transit for West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire’s first elected mayor and England’s first female metro mayor sees herself as a champion for passengers in a conurbation waiting for improvements. Tracy Brabin tells Lee Baker why she is upbeat about the region’s prospects for a mass transit scheme and better buses

Lee Baker
05 October 2021
West Yorkshire’s plan for a mass transit system would include a tram network
West Yorkshire’s plan for a mass transit system would include a tram network


People in West Yorkshire have been waiting a long time for a mass transport system. A number of schemes have been developed over the last four decades, only for each to fail to materialise. Tracy Brabin, West Yorkshire’s new mayor, is pledging a mass transit system and thinks she can avoid the false-starts of the past.

I asked former actor and local MP Brabin whether her May election pledge to have a West Yorkshire-wide system by the end of the next decade is realistic. Patronage has not...

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