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Our Big Transport Conversation

Between November 2023 and early February 2024, we held a significant public consultation looking at 10 policies to deliver a more sustainable future for York’s transport. The consultation is now closed.

Our Big Transport Conversation looked at York’s transport as a whole, not just individual projects, for the first time since 2010.

For you, 'transport' might mean how you get to school or college; how you shop and get to work or visit family; how you travel between villages or into the city centre, or all of these things.

Watch the Our Big Transport video with Cllr Kilbane on Youtube.

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How to take part in Our Big Transport Conversation

We wanted to hear from you, whether you're a resident of York, a business owner, or someone who regularly visits or commutes into the city.

The consultation closed on Sunday 4 February 2024.

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Why your views matter

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York needs to prepare a new Local Transport Plan by summer 2024. This consultation will help us write that plan and pave the way to work with the new mayor of the incoming York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority. Once our plan is complete, we'll put our case to government and seek funding for the improvements we want to make in the decades to come.

Our new Council Plan for 2023 to 2027 sets out our vision to make the city of York a healthier, fairer, more affordable, more sustainable and more accessible place, where everyone feels valued, creating more regional opportunities to help today's residents and benefit future generations. Transport has a vital role to play in delivering this vision.

We've also set ambitious targets to tackle climate change, including reducing carbon emissions from transport by 71% and reducing the number of miles travelled by car by 20% by 2030. This will not happen overnight and we know that first we need to make changes and improvements so that walking, cycling or taking the bus are reliable, practical and attractive options.

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The 10 proposals

The proposals in this consultation have been developed by elected councillors and we're now keen to hear your views. There are 10 policy areas which we believe will help us deliver our ambitions for transport:

  1. Accessibility: so that everyone can access the areas and facilities they need and want.
  2. Improving walking, wheeling and cycling: so that these become real alternatives to driving a car.
  3. Shaping healthy places: offering a range of ways to move around and using the opportunity to provide better places for us to live, work and visit.
  4. Improving public transport: upgrading and improving our bus and rail services.
  5. Safeguarding the environment by cutting carbon, air pollution and noise: meeting climate change targets and improving the health of the city.
  6. Create a Movement and Place plan: creating safe, connected transport networks for residents, businesses and visitors.
  7. Reduce car dependency: supporting people to change how they travel, and encourage those who can, to reduce their journeys by car.
  8. Improving freight and logistics: creating efficient access for businesses while reducing the impact of heavy vehicles.
  9. Effective maintenance and enforcement: so that people choosing sustainable travel are safe, and that cycling, walking and wheeling routes are well maintained.
  10. Monitoring the transport network and financing the changes: to ensure the effectiveness of our policies and attract funding to deliver York's new transport strategy as effectively as possible.

Read our full transport vision, objectives and policies document when you complete the online survey. Email: ourbigconversation@york.gov.uk for a copy.

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