The issue of the proposed footbridge to safely allow Silsden residents to cross the Aire Valley Trunk road when walking to and from the railway station has been raised in Westminster.
Keighley and Ilkley MP Robbie Moore appeared in the House of Commons chamber for the first time in several weeks – during a Treasury Questions session about transport infrastructure.
Four years ago, the former MP Kris Hopkins obtained £700,000 of government funding for a feasibility study to determine the best solution for the crossing. Earlier this year, Bradford Council and the Yorkshire Combined Authority then produced an outline business case for a proposed bridge, suggesting that it could cost around £3.6m to construct.
Mr Moore said: “I am determined to see the pedestrian bridge built so that we can ensure a safe crossing over the busy dual carriageway for the many residents of Silsden and Steeton who cross the road on a daily basis. Since I stood for election to become the MP for Keighley and Ilkley, I pledged to support the construction of this bridge in whatever way I can. I will keep lobbying Government Ministers to secure the necessary funding.
“During early March, before the coronavirus lockdown, I met with the Minister for Roads, The Baroness Norbiton to push the case, and this week through my physical presence in the Chamber, I raised the issue directly with the Treasury Team.
“I am conscious that it took Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority almost 4 years just to produce a feasibility study, but with the Outline Business Case now produced by them, I will now be using every opportunity available to push the case for the needed funds so we can get the bridge built.”
Responding to Mr Moore’s question in the House of Commons, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay said: “I’m very happy to continue to liaise with my honourable friend on this important issue, and he will know that in addition to the £2 billion of money for walking and cycling, we also announced at the budget £4.2 billion for long-term local transport – and West Yorkshire Combined Authority will be able to benefit from that.”
Watch a video of the response from the minister below: