Tender out on NPR study

Companies are being invited to bid to carry out a study on the additional demand that a Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) station in Bradford would generate.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is inviting potential suppliers to bid for the £40-50,000 contract.  Bids need to be submitted by 15 December.

Earlier this year, the Chamber joined the ‘Next Stop Bradford’ campaign to press the case for the planned new Northern Powerhouse Rail line across the Pennines to include a stop in Bradford city centre.

A Bradford Council spokesman said: “This work with WYCA will help us evidence the huge boost that we’d achieve with an NPR station so we can make the best case possible to Transport for North and the government.”

The plans for a new Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) network, which will go out for public consultation in early 2018, were put to the board at Transport for the North, which has been commissioned by the Government to draw up the scheme.

A previous WYCA-commissioned report, carried out by global consultancy firm Arup, found there is a “compelling case” for a high-speed rail station to be built in Bradford.

Interested parties are advised to contact WYCA direct or check out the usual procurement procedures.