Developing a New Transport Strategy for West Yorkshire: TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2023 Retrospective


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At TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2023 last month, we were delighted to welcome both Interim Head of Transport Strategy Rachel Jones and Head of Future Mobility Kate Gifford, to co-present a keynote on behalf of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, who represents the interests of 2.3 million people across the region.

Rachel and Kate talked through some of the key themes to be explored in the new West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan that’s in development. Including shared transport and active travel, the new LTP will reflect the Mayor’s commitments to transport, national transport policy guidance and also identify ways in which West Yorkshire can achieve net zero carbon by 2038 within the transport sector.

Summary of presentation highlights:

  • Socialising the emerging Mayor’s West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan Vision – Boosting productivity, tackling the climate emergency and enabling inclusive growth with an integrated region wide 21st Century transport system that will join together buses, mass transit, cycling and walking and rail;
  • Developing The Mayor’s West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan Policy Context and Mayoral Pledges;
  • What could fair and inclusive Decarbonisation look like across West Yorkshire – for towns, large conurbations and rural areas – using a place based approach?
  • Delivering Quantified Carbon Reductions – 2020-2038 Transport Roadmap: active travel, buses and rail, cars, vans & heavy goods vehicles, cross-cutting;
  • Role and Scope of Shared Transport Strategy in the LTP: shared bikes/scooters, shared cars and rides, mobility hubs, digital demand responsive transport, first/last mile freight;
  • Recommended next steps for shared micromobility, mobility hubs and freight – Examples over the short, medium and long term;
  • Next steps – Draft documents, consultations and adoptions

If you meet our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us at Nexus, University of Leeds, for the live in-person event on May 25th, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from Rachel and Kate’s keynote).

Those qualifying to receive the rich presentation content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling, partnering and policy leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers and planners from local authorities (e.g. city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils); public transport operators; regional transport partnerships, sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; highways authorities and road operators; government and supporting national transport agencies; fleet operators, parking operators, prime contractors etc.

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