Transport Strategy

What is the Transport Strategy?

West Yorkshire Combined Authority has developed a new long term Transport Strategy for West Yorkshire to deliver a modern, high class, integrated transport system that supports the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Economic Plan for sustained, healthy and inclusive economic growth.
Strategic Economic Plan (LEP website - opens in new tab)  

Following the 2016 public consultation, the West Yorkshire Transport Strategy was adopted by the Combined Authority at its meeting on 3 August 2017. You can download the Final Transport Strategy document here (pdf - opens in new tab).

The Transport Strategy replaces the current West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan adopted in 2011. The new strategy sets 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.

To view the earlier consultation materials and for background information please visit the Transport Strategy Archive page (link opens in a new tab)

Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA)

We undertook 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 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. 

An independent report of the ISA was produced. The undertaking of an ISA provided independent review and challenge to our objectives and policies throughout the development of the Transport Strategy to help us arrive at the right balance of policies. The recommendations of the ISA have been incorporated into the Transport Strategy. The detailed ISA report can be found below:

 A post adoption ISA statement of the Transport Strategy will be made available following its adoption.

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