At the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee meeting on
Friday 22 February members endorsed the formal adoption of the West Yorkshire Low Emission Strategy (WYLES)
which has been jointly developed with the five West Yorkshire District Councils
and Public Health England to reduce the harmful emissions from transport and
other sources that impact on health and the environment.
The Strategy sets the vision and
objectives and the Combined Authority is now working with all the West
Yorkshire District councils to develop a detailed action plan for delivery of
the WYLES. The plan which will cover a five year period to 2021 will make
recommendations to tackle transport emissions in the short to medium term
ensuring that all parts of West Yorkshire meet legal air quality limits by
Among the WYLES proposals to help
deliver air quality targets will be;
- measures to control transport emissions
including the Clean Air Zone which Leeds is required to introduce by 2020,
- encouraging zero emission vehicles by providing electric
- renewal and upgrade of buses to remove harmful
- influencing the rail industry to commit to a
rolling programme of local rail electrification,
- enhance walking and cycling facilities to
encourage less use of private cars
- and reducing emissions from the construction of
transport infrastructure by adopting more sustainable techniques.
Cllr Eric Firth, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Deputy Transport
“Reducing carbon emissions from
transport is a high priority for the Combined Authority and the five district
“While our Low Emission Strategy
continues being developed, the Combined Authority is already contributing to
reducing air pollution across the Leeds City Region through developments in its
“Last year we opened two new rail
stations, at Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge with a third due to open in spring
at Low Moor enabling people from these areas to travel more sustainably. To
reduce congestion and pollution in Leeds, we have almost doubled the size of
our Elland Road Park and Ride to 800 spaces, with another 1000 space Park and Ride
due to open in east Leeds in June. Electric vehicles can be charged at both
“We are working closely
with local bus operators who have already begun replacing their older vehicles
with buses meeting the latest EURO VI emissions standards.
“Thanks to successful
bids for DfT funding, we have carried out the ‘greening’ of our own fleet of
MyBus and Access vehicles.
Also discussed and agreed at
Friday’s meeting was a response to HS2’s phase 2b route refinement consultation.
The Combined Authority will stress the importance of ensuring that everyone in
the City Region can access HS2 and that it links with the new east-west
Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) service which will be developed in a similar
The Transport Committee also
reviewed feedback from consultation held in the process of developing a new
Transport Strategy for the City Region.