10-year vision outlined for city’s transport

City of York Council’s Executive will consider the first stage in producing a 10-year transport strategy for York, at a meeting next week.

The draft Local Transport Strategy (LTS) has been prepared by officers with input from councillors.

It examines the evidence and suggests the sort of interventions which could be used to overcome the challenges with York’s existing transport system.

The Executive will be asked to approve a city-wide engagement programme, with the first stage beginning later this month, and with a series of webinars taking place throughout the year.

This will include consultation on detailed plans and a programme of interventions, which will include new transport projects that the council will seek funding for.

York’s draft strategy is focused on five major challenges – reaching net zero by 2030, strengthening the economy post Covid and improving the health of residents, accommodating the growth set out in the Local Plan and addressing existing shortcomings with transport.

The Transport Strategy proposes to make a number of interventions, in order to achieve a reduction of 71% in York’s transport carbon emissions.

It sets out a goal of increasing the proportion of trips in York being undertaken on foot or bike, or by public transport.

Councillor Keith Aspden, leader of City of York Council, said: “In a period of much change and rapid growth, we have an opportunity and responsibility to plan for how our transport networks will support the city’s growth and response to climate change.

“The draft Transport Strategy recognises the major challenges ahead of us and sets out potential policies which would help us tackle congestion and cut carbon emissions.

“Together with the recently approved Climate, Economic and Health and Wellbeing 10-year strategies, we are ensuring long-term coherent plans are in place to make York the best place to live in, work and visit.”

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, deputy leader of City of York Council, said: “The Local Transport Strategy is the starting point for work with residents and organisations across the city to implement these changes.

“We can rise to the challenge of achieving zero net carbon by 2030, encourage more active travel and deliver a transport plan which sets out a range of measures to reduce the city’s carbon footprint and make sure our environment is protected for future generations to enjoy.”

The Executive meeting takes place on 14 February at 2.30pm.