West Yorkshire Combined Authority is encouraging people in West Yorkshire to take part in a consultation on a West Yorkshire Bus Strategy Accessibility Policy.
The consultation is open now and closes at midnight on Monday 1 May.
Accessing the bus network is an issue for many people and is of particular importance for bus users with disabilities or mobility difficulties. Ensuring accessibility for all raises a number of challenges, which is why the Combined Authority has now developed a specific Accessibility Policy to add to its draft Bus Strategy. Its proposals go above and beyond proposals already included in the existing draft.
Take part in the online consultation.
Addition this Accessibility Policy will cover wider ranging demands and make a commitment for WYCA and the bus operators to be more inclusive in the design and development of the bus system.
West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Chair Cllr Keith Wakefield said: “Ensuring everyone has access to an integrated transport network is key to our aims so I would encourage everyone, whatever their accessibility needs, to have their say and help us develop the best bus system in Europe.
“I hope we can achieve the same excellent level of response that we had to last year’s consultation, to ensure we are developing transport services and infrastructure for all.”
People can take part:
Last autumn, the Combined Authority and bus operators undertook a three-month ‘Your Travel Your Say’ consultation in partnership with transport operators to find out people’s views on local bus services and the county’s transport system. The responses received are being used to develop 20-year Bus and Transport Strategies.
Over 5,000 individuals, groups and businesses took part in the ‘Your Travel Your Say consultations in person, by email and online. Analysis of the extensive feedback shows that while people largely supported the proposals, the policies on accessibility need strengthening.
Following this consultation on the content of the Bus Strategy Accessibility Policy Proposal updated versions of the Bus Strategy and the Transport Strategy will be presented for approval to the WYCA Transport Committee and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority later this year.