Future Mobility

A step change in mobility across the region that is firmly focused on local needs, places and people.


Investment in Future Mobility within West Yorkshire represents a desire for a step change in mobility across the region that is firmly focused on local needs, places and people, providing benefits for all in our region, including the hardest to reach communities that could be left behind as technology moves forwards.

What success will look like

A strong and resilient transport system where future mobility modes are integrated with existing services

Inclusive and accessible transport services that whilst utilising technology to improve the customer experience, also ensure that groups who are not digitally enabled are still able to access the benefits of this technology.


  • Strong stakeholder relationships
  • Existing bus/rail network which future transport modes will help to build upon
  • Existing MCard ticketing product range
  • MCard app with an ios/barcode version to be launched September 2020
  • Significant transport investment planned as part of WY Connectivity Investment Plan


  • Transport impacting access to jobs and training
  • Poor transport is constraining growth
  • Making sustainable travel the obvious choice
  • Decarbonising the transport network

Policies and strategies

  • West Yorkshire Future Mobility Strategy (not yet adopted)
  • West Yorkshire Transport Strategy (adopted, to 2040)
  • Digital Payment for Travel Strategy (not yet adopted)
  • West Yorkshire Connectivity Investment Plan (in development)

Who’s helping make this happen

  • We have strong relationships with both key stakeholders, local authority partners and operators/technology providers in the sector through the development of our DfT Future Mobility Zone bid for Leeds City Region.
  • We have established external working groups on: Mobility as a Service (MaaS)/open data; Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and Demand Responsive Transport (DRT).
  • We are currently working closely with Local Authority partners to deliver work on Demand Responsive Transport, mobility hubs and CAVs

What we are doing to make this happen

Development of MCard barcode ticketing app which will help improve the customer experience of ticket purchase whilst also making the MCard app available to iPhone as well as android phone users.

Expanded MCard offer for job seekers being developed in partnership with JobCentre Plus which will tackle our key challenge of improving access to jobs and training and also reducing the productivity gap.

Developing the Connectivity Investment Plan which includes future mobility, bus, rail and rapid transit projects to provide an integrated forward workplan. This will help to build a strong and resilient public transport system where future mobility modes are integrated into existing transport services.

The Connectivity Investment Plan will also provide an opportunity to secure funding for future mobility projects including Digital Demand Responsive Transport identified within the Future Mobility Strategy (currently in development).

How this will meet our priorities

Boosting productivity

  • Future mobility will help to improve productivity by improving connections to employment opportunities and key transport interchanges through demand responsive and digitally enabled solutions that are accessible and meet the needs of our residents and employers.

Tackling the climate emergency

  • The Future Mobility Strategy puts in place a structure and series of actions to help enable this change and to achieve these ambitions through sustainable alternatives to the private car use, that are easy to use, convenient and responsive to travel needs that support the behaviour change needed for significant model shift.

Enabling inclusive growth

  • Future Mobility supports our inclusive growth goals by defining long-term sustainable alternatives to the private car, help improve congestion, tackle air quality issues and help provide access to jobs, skills and opportunities, especially for people currently less likely to access these opportunities and describing the vision for implementing these alternatives.
  • The Future Mobility Strategy also considers how to ensure how we can support the hardest to reach communities that could be left behind as transport technology moves forward.

Delivering 21st century transport

  • The Future Mobility Strategy sets out our ambitions to make the best use of advancements in technology across all of our transport networks; and develop a world class transport system that connects different modes of transport seamlessly into one comprehensive easy-to-use network.
  • Future Mobility and use of new technology will also help to improve the customer journey and improve information provision of end to end journey options – which will also become more integrated through the development of MaaS and digital ticketing options.

Securing money and powers

  • In order to help meet our targets on climate change, accessibility and modal shift (set out in the West Yorkshire Transport Strategy), investment in Future Mobility is required.
  • Our funding asks are being developed as part of the West Yorkshire Connectivity Investment Plan. We also have some small amounts of funding through existing programmes (LTP and LPTIP) that are enabling small scale project delivery over the next two years.

Page last updated: 26/08/20