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York’s Local Transport Plan to be shaped for the next generation

Published Friday, 30 April 2021

Plans for residents and businesses to shape how we travel around the city will be shared at City of York Council’s next Decision Session for the Executive Member for Transport on 11 May 2021.

Decision Session - Executive Member for Transport - Tuesday, 11 May 2021 10.00 am

York’s most recent Local Transport Plan (LTP3) was developed in 2011 describing a vision for York’s transport landscape for the next 20 years.  However, since then many aspects of how we travel in, to and through York has changed, not least as a result of emerging technology and the pandemic changing our travel habits.

Next month, the council will set out how it will begin to develop the city’s next and fourth Local Transport Plan (LTP4) to set the vision, objectives and targets for York’s transport strategy for the next generation.

The report to be discussed at the next Decision Session for Transport will cover the proposed scope of York’s Fourth Local Transport Plan (LTP4) and how it will build on the work already done for initiatives like My City Centre, City Centre Access, Talk York and the Local Plan. The plan will complement the strategies being developed for York’s Economic Recovery and Carbon Reduction/ Climate Change. LTP4 will concentrate on a 15 year period, aligning with the city’s Local Plan, with a proposed review at each five year milestone.

At the heart of the plan’s development will be a city-wide conversation (Our Big Conversation) around current experience of and priorities for transport, carbon reduction, journeys and the economy. This first stage of engagement is set to take place this summer from June to August.

This programme of resident engagement will ensure close working with partners to develop a comprehensive map and engagement tools, including masterclasses to inspire ideas from comparative cities, that invite as many voices to participate as possible, representing the full spectrum of views across the whole city.

City of York Council is also working with partners at York Civic Trust to contribute to policy research and emerging findings throughout the period of engagement.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Transport said;

How we move to, in and around our city will inevitably change as we emerge from COVID-19 and change our way of living in response to this experience and continue to respond to the climate emergency. The purpose of any Local Transport Plan is to set out our priorities and focus for York’s transport over the short and longer term future.

“There are real opportunities to address congestion and pollution through the increase in home working, technological and lifestyle changes and rethinking the ways in which freight is delivered and businesses operate. The growth of internet shopping, and changes to our city centre will also have an impact on future development.

“This process will give everyone the opportunity to influence the vision we adopt for our city and the infrastructure to support a healthy sustainable place for future generations.”

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The proposed approach to engagement aligns with the council-wide Resident Engagement Strategy, which reflects a joined-up approach to policy development ensuring consistency and alignment of our ambitions for the city.

Subsequent stages of engagement work, shaping the LTP4, will take place during the Autumn and include workshops with focus groups and consultation on proposed packages (scenarios) of policies to explore how bold a plan residents want for the future of York’s transport infrastructure.

Insight gathered will also be particularly important to add to our emerging understanding of a post-pandemic city and how we can build back better and fairer.

York’s most recent LTP was developed in 2011 with a vision for York’s transport landscape across the subsequent two decade. Many of the previous plan’s ambitions have been met, such as:

  • Funding has been obtained to deliver major schemes for York Central, increasing the capacity of the A1237 (between the A19N and Hopgrove junctions) and improve the area in front of York Station.
  • A Clean Air Zone has been introduced covering much of central York.  All buses used regularly in the city have been upgraded to Euro VI standard
  • There has been great progress electrifying the bus network with 33 electric buses now in use in York – the second highest number for any authority outside London. 
  • In the early years of LTP3, funding was obtained to build new park and ride sites at Poppleton Bar and Askham Bar and improve the junction between the A1237 and A59 Harrogate Road
  • Mandates have been secured to develop projects to improve the area around Castle car park and for a new station at Haxby
  • A new segregated cycle and footpath has been provided linking Clifton Moor and Haxby
  • Improvements for pedestrians and cyclists have been made on Scarborough Bridge and its approaches
  • More recently the footstreets area has been expanded and Micklegate Bar has been closed in one direction to motorised traffic.

Proposals for the LTP4’s development recognise that whilst the plan is taking place in an era of great change, there will be a number of fixed points it will need to consider such as commitments to major schemes such as York Central and York Station Frontage, as well as parameters set by regional and central government policies.

LTP4 will also recognise the already identified priorities of the city as demonstrated in the council’s commitment to net-carbon neutrality by 2030 and the December 2019 Full Council motion to reduce car use in central York and around the city’s schools.