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  • Bus Strategy

    What is the Bus Strategy?

    Every day, thousands of people across West Yorkshire use the buses to get out and about. They use buses to get to work, school or college, to attend medical appointments or get to the shops. The purpose of the Bus Strategy is to set out our long term ambition for what we want the bus system across West Yorkshire to achieve. It is a key element of the West Yorkshire Transport Strategy and the Strategic Economic Plan.

    WYCA has developed the Bus Strategy with the support of District Councils as well as First West Yorkshire, Arriva and Transdev. It has been updated following extensive feedback gathered though a series of public consultations during 2016 and 2017.

    What happens next?

    Links to the updated versions of the Bus Strategy and its appendices are available below. These were considered by WYCA Transport Committee on 7 July.

    The 7 July 2017 WYCA Transport Committee report can be found here.

    Following the views of WYCA Transport Committee, it is proposed that the Bus Strategy documentation is recommended for adoption by WYCA at its meeting on 3 August 2017.

    Bus Strategy Documentation

    Public Consultation Background

    WYCA is committed to working closely with District Authorities, bus operators, stakeholders and the public to help shape and deliver improvements to the bus system. The development of the West Yorkshire Bus Strategy has been informed by local and national policies and also through support from District Authorities, Bus Operators, local businesses and other key stakeholders.

    This adopted version of the West Yorkshire Bus Strategy follows the following consultation phases:

    • Phase 0 consultation took place in September 2015. The conclusions of this initial scoping stage of the Bus Strategy are included in Appendix A
    • Phase 1 consultation took place in October/November 2015 on the draft vision and principles. This consultation was predominantly with District Authorities, Bus Operators, the Business Community and a number of members of the public also commented. The conclusions of the phase 1 consultation are included in Appendix H. A note outlining how the comments received at this stage have been incorporated in the Bus Strategy is provided in Appendix I.
    • Phase 2a was a full public and stakeholder consultation took place from 18 July 2016 and ran until 21 October 2016. The consultation on the Bus Strategy took place together with the wider West Yorkshire Transport Strategy. A full report around the conclusions of the consultation are provided in Appendix K and was reported to WYCA Transport Committee in February 2017.
    • Phase 2b: Reflecting on feedback received in Phase 2a and the recommendations from Transport Committee, Phase 2b was a supplementary consultation focusing on Accessibility which took place from  28 March to 1 May. A full report around the consultation and its conclusions are included in Appendix M.

    After each consultation phase, the results were analysed and full consideration was given to the views expressed. Each phase of consultation has informed the development of this adopted version of the West Yorkshire Bus Strategy.

    West Yorkshire Bus Strategy Equality Statement

    The 2010 Equality Act and Public Sector Equality Duty place a duty on all public bodies to play their part in making society fairer by tackling discrimination and providing equality of opportunity for all.

    To meet this duty, WYCA needs to consider all individuals when carrying out our day to day business, when shaping policy, in developing and delivering services and in relation to our own employees. It also requires public bodies to:

    • Have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination
    • Promote equality of opportunity
    • Promote good relations between different groups of people

    WYCA uses an equality screening and impact assessment approach to help us consider the effect of our policies and practices on different people. The West Yorkshire Bus Strategy is a high level document which sets out key policies and has a 20 year planning horizon. The Strategy has been equality screened and actual actions / initiatives that are developed as a result of the strategy will be assessed for equality impact in line with WYCA’s Equality Impact Assessment policy.

    Contact us

    For further information please contact us by:

    • Email:  metroline@westyorks-ca.gov.uk 
    • Post:  Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)
    • Phone:  MetroLine 0113 245 7676