Relief over transport bill

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CALDERDALE has escaped the massive cuts to transport spending imposed on neighbouring areas.

The Government has reduced its overall grant for road repairs in West Yorkshire by 16 per cent.

But the effect on Calderdale Council will be closer to 3 per cent this year due mainly to the area’s lack of expensive capital schemes.

Under the draft Local Transport Implementation Plan, which outlines how much money will be spent on West Yorkshire’s transport network and services over the next three years, Calderdale expects to get £3.9 million in 2011/12, £3.7 million in 2012/13 and £3.5 million in 2013/14 for road repairs.

Another £1.1 million has been earmarked for improvements to public transport, addressing traffic congestion and a host of related schemes.

Environment spokesman Barry Collins said while nobody welcomed Government cuts, Calderdale fared better than most.

“We have tried to stick to the basics – ensuring that we carry out essential maintenance on the highways we have got, rather than seeking funding for big improvement schemes.

“I am pleased that we have been able to argue our case successfully and keep these cuts to a minimum,” said Coun Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden).

l What more can the council do to save money on transport issues? Or should cash be found to increase spending on our roads? Email your letters to yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk or write to: Yoursay, PO Box 19, King Cross Street, Halifax, HX1 2SF.