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West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is developing a Transport Strategy for West Yorkshire. This will be a twenty year vision for developing a modern, high class, integrated transport system that supports the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Economic Plan for sustained and healthy economic growth - especially for jobs and housing. Strategic Economic Plan (LEP website - opens in new tab)
The Transport Strategy will update the current West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan that was adopted in 2011. The new strategy will set out a step change in the quality and performance of the transport system within West Yorkshire and our connections with the rest of the UK. By investing in radically improved transport infrastructure and services, we believe that we can deliver the transport connections that businesses and people require and create attractive places in which to invest, work and live. West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan (Metro website - opens in new tab)
We have undertaken an Integrated
Sustainability Appraisal (ISA) of the Transport Strategy.
The Transport Strategy, in setting
the framework for future transport interventions, is subject to the
requirements of the EU Directive (2001/42/EC) which requires the undertaking of
a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). We have decided to incorporate this
requirement within a broader appraisal that also includes other assessments
such as habitats, equalities and health impacts.
The aim of an ISA is to promote
sustainable development through the better integration of economic, social and
environmental considerations into the preparation and adoption of plans. An ISA
shows how sustainable the effects of a policy, project or site are likely to
be, highlights where there may be harmful impacts from development and suggests
how far these can be mitigated.
independent report of the ISA has been produced. In responding to the
consultation on the West Yorkshire Transport Strategy you may wish to review the
findings and conclusions of the ISA Report.
A first period of consultation ran from 26 March – 22 September 2015 and focussed on a set of core themes for the strategy. These core themes have now been amended as a result of the consultation responses (see Strategy document above for more details). The responses gained from the Phase 1 questionnaire were analysed and compiled into a report:
A number of thematic workshops also took place and the feedback collated into a report:
The second phase of consultation ran from 18 July - 21 October 2016. The responses to the consultation have now been independently analysed by AECOM and their analysis reports can be found below.
The conclusions from the AECOM report into the Transport Strategy consultation, as well as next steps went to the WYCA Transport Committee on 24 February 2017. A copy of the report regarding the West Yorkshire Transport Strategy and the next steps following the consultation can be found here:
Leeds City Region Metro Study, 2016During 2016, WYCA undertook work to establish and develop a region tier of transport services to create the ‘metro-style’ network that complements the national and pan-northern agenda. This work, known as the “Leeds City Region Metro Connectivity Study” was undertaken by consultants WSP/SDG. Leeds City Region Metro final report (pdf, opens in new tab). The report is being considered by the Transport Committee meeting on 21 April 2017.
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