With reliable, efficient and convenient transport
universally acknowledged to be vital to business, West Yorkshire Combined
Authority wants the business community’s views on transport.
Businesses large and small across West Yorkshire are
being encouraged to take part in the Your Travel Your Say consultations on the
transport network and bus services, which close on Friday 21 October.
Members of the Combined Authority’s Your Travel Your Say
team have already met with a number of groups including the Freight Transport
Association, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Business
Innovation Growth and LEP Employment and Skills Panels and Leeds Chamber.
Bradford’s Producer City Place Board, the Leeds City Region Business
Communications Group (BCG) and the Sustainable Economy and Culture Board are
also among the groups the team has met.
Cllr Keith Wakefield, West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s
Transport Chair said:
“Our transport networks affect every business in West
Yorkshire and the city region both in how goods are delivered and transported
and also how their employees get to and from work, whether it’s by car, bus
train, bike or on foot.
“Good transport connectivity connects individuals and
businesses with opportunities and these transport consultations are an ideal
opportunity for business leaders to have their say in shaping local transport
for the next 20 years.
“To ensure we achieve our aims of creating 35,700 new,
local jobs over the next 20 years, and growing the City Region economy at a
faster rate than the national average, as set out in the Leeds City Region
Strategic Economic Plan, it is important we continue working with business to
agree the transport developments that will have the greatest effects.
“We are determined everyone should have the opportunity
to shape West Yorkshire’s future transport and I would encourage business
people small and large to have their say by taking part in our consultation at
www.yourtravelyoursay.co.uk before it closes on Friday 21 October.”
Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region
Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said:
“With transport playing such a crucial role in
underpinning the economy by getting people, customers and employees across West
Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region to where they need to be, poor networks and
slow, unreliable journeys can hamper economic growth and the creation of new
“That’s why I’m recommending strongly that members of the
business community play a full part in this consultation either singly or in
groups before it closes on Friday 21 October and work with us to create
transport and bus networks that will meet the needs of a 21st Century economy.”
The penultimate week of the Combined Authority’s 14-week
consultations on the future of bus services and the West Yorkshire transport
system sees drop-in events at:
of Huddersfield, Monday 10th October, 11:00 -14:00
of Leeds, Tuesday 11th October, 11:00 - 14:00
Bus Station, Tuesday 11th October, 15:00 - 18:00
Interchange, Wednesday 12th October 07:30 - 10:30
Bridge Town Hall, Thursday 13th October, 10:30 - 13:30
Elmsall Market, Friday 14th, 10:00 - 13:00
Over 4,500 people from across West Yorkshire have now
taken part and given their views on the local bus network and transport system
and over 73 of the planned 80 drop-in sessions have already taken place.
Regular updates and reminders on when and where the remaining drop-in sessions are taking place continue to be posted on social media. Twitter: @yrtravelyrsay and @WestYorkshireCAand 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.
“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
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.