Views Wanted on Plans to Improve Transport in York, Selby and West Yorkshire
4:24pm 17th May 2013
Consultation on the next phase of the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan is now open.
Implementation Plan 2 (IP2), which will run from April 2014 to April 2017, will see around £150 million available to spend on road and rail projects to improve all modes of transport in the county.
Individuals and groups are invited to make their views known on the directions future spending should take via the LTP web site at www.wyltp.com/consultation. The consultation is open until Friday 5 July.
"Although there are still 10 months of the first Implementation Plan to run, we're starting work now on what's needed for IP2," said Metro Chairman Cllr James Lewis. "This enables us to reflect on IP1 progress, consider new developments expected to influence the shape and emphasis of IP2. It means we have the time to identify, sift and consult on ideas to arrive at a set of interventions that will make best use of the funds available to deliver desired objectives.
“It also means we will be further along the planning stage of individual schemes, and can start to deliver them as soon as funding for the IP2 period becomes available,"
IP2 covers the second three-year phase of the 15-year West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan (LTP). Published in 2011 as MyJourney, the LTP aims to improve connectivity to support economic activity and growth in West Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region; to make substantial progress towards a low carbon, sustainable transport system for West Yorkshire, while recognising transport's contribution to national carbon reduction plans; and to enhance the quality of life of people living in, working in and visiting West Yorkshire.
It was developed after extensive consultation in 2010 and 2011, while supporting documents were also consulted on and produced in 2012, covering specific areas of network and asset management, rail services and sustainability, as well as targets to show progress.
The Plan sets out to tackle congestion and a lack of transport investment which are key contributory factors to lower than average economic performance in West Yorkshire. It also aims to prepare for the predicted, post-recession growth in employment, population and housing and their impact on the reliability of the transport network.
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