Transport no longer being a barrier to people accessing jobs, businesses choosing to invest or residents improving their health.
An overall approach to connectivity that takes the view that transport should not be a barrier to people accessing jobs, to businesses choosing to invest in West Yorkshire, and to improving the health of our residents and visitors. Improvements in transport are a catalyst for change across all these objectives.
What success will look like
A connectivity pipeline of future transport interventions covering bus, rail, cycling, walking, and mass transit and demand responsive transport / future mobility solutions. The pipeline looks at the needs for connectivity to 2040 and has been created to:
- Enhance productivity by connecting all of our important places with a focus on our disadvantaged and peripheral groups/communities – for an inclusive economy
- Respond to the region’s carbon reduction target - for a sustainable economy
The pipeline will demonstrate integration and fit between rail, bus, bike, walking, digital demand responsive transport, mass transit and other innovative solutions.
Progress on a pipeline will help make the case to Government for funding – and help unlock the government's £4.2 billion infrastructure fund linked to the devolution deal.
- A strategy led, evidence led approach to identifying our connectivity challenges and solutions
- Consistently applied across the whole West Yorkshire geography
- Recognises the wider travel for work area of the Leeds City Region
- Responds to West Yorkshire partner councils’ local plan and growth aspirations
- National Infrastructure Commission provided expert challenge to the approach and methodology
- Strong evidence base – with input from West Yorkshire (and North Yorkshire) partners
- Spatial plans will show which transport mode (or modes) is understood to provide the most appropriate solution for a particular geography
- Interventions address cross-boundary connectivity gaps
- High car dependency and traffic congestion impacting on economic performance
- Disadvantaged and peripheral communities excluded from economic opportunity
- 89% of Transport CO2 emissions from road transport, particularly private cars
- Some of the worst air quality in the country – caused by vehicle emissions
- Low levels of physical activity
Policies and strategies
- Our vision for the future of transport in West Yorkshire
- West Yorkshire Transport Strategy 2040 (adopted by WYCA in 2017)
- West Yorkshire Bus Strategy (adopted by WYCA in 2017)
- West Yorkshire Carbon Emission Reduction Pathways (CERP) study
Who’s helping make this happen
- Transport Committee
- Local Authority partners