On Friday 21 October, consultations on West Yorkshire�s bus and overall transport networks come to an end.�
As part of the three-month consultation process, the Combined Authority has held 80 drop-in sessions to find out what people think about local bus services and the county�s transport network. Teams from the Combined Authority, bus operators and the District Councils have been on hand to answer questions and help people take part.
The final week
The final fourteenth week sees the last drop-in event taking place at Huddersfield Bus Station on Monday 17 October, 10.30am � 1.30pm. Online version of the questionnaires, and drafts and summaries of the Bus and Transport Strategies will remain available at www.yourtravelyoursay.co.uk until 12 midnight on Friday 21 October.�
The feedback received will be used to develop new 20-year West Yorkshire Bus and Transport strategies, which the Combined Authority, in partnership with the West Yorkshire districts and bus operators First West Yorkshire, Arriva and Transdev is producing.
The Bus and Transport Strategies will support the recently-updated Leeds City Region Strategic Economic Plan�s targets of creating an additional 35,700 jobs for local people over the next 20 years, and growing the City Region economy at a faster rate than the national average. They will also be used to update the current West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan, setting out how a modern, effective and integrated transport system can help people make the journeys they need to for jobs, education and leisure.
Cllr Keith Wakefield, West Yorkshire Combined Authority�s Transport Chair said:
�West Yorkshire Combined Authority fully understands the vital role bus services and transport play in underpinning our economy and achieving growth, which is why were keen to hear the views of as many people as possible during this three-month Your Travel Your Say consultation.
�This included meetings with business and young people�s groups and organisations representing disabled people and older people to ensure their views were represented. We also produced Braille, large print and Easy Read versions of the consultation materials.
��I�m delighted that we have had over 5,300 responses to the process so far and would like to thank our small consultation team for their efforts in attending 80 drop-in events at venues right across West Yorkshire and travelling nearly 2000 miles doing so.��
��I�d remind anyone who hasn�t taken part that there�s still time to do so before midnight next Friday so get online and have your say at www.yourtravelyoursay.co.uk.�
Regular updates and reminders continue to be posted on social media. Twitter: @yrtravelyrsay and @WestYorkshireCA and Facebook:Yourtravelyoursay as well as at www.yourtravelyoursay.co.uk .
Leeds City Council has also invited everyone in the city to �join in the conversation� on the future of transport in Leeds and to take part in an online survey at www.leeds.gov.uk/transportconversation.
The �conversation� began following the government�s decision to turn down the proposed New Generation Transport (NGT) scheme for Leeds in May, but with �173.5m of funding for the scheme being retained to invest in transport in the city.
The Council wants to find out how people currently use the transport network in Leeds, what they think of it and what the priorities should be in terms of future investment.