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West Yorkshire launches consultation on Future Mobility Strategy

West Yorkshire Combined Authority is inviting people that live in its region, as well as the wider smart transport industry to give feedback on its Future Mobility Strategy.

WYCA is collecting views until September 18 and will be publishing the results later this year.

The combined authority, which covers Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Calderdale and Kirklees, is aiming to be a net zero carbon city region by 2038 at the latest.

The strategy sets out how WYCA can provide people with convenient, affordable and more sustainable alternatives to private cars, helping to reduce local congestion and pollution, while also assisting in the region’s long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The strategy looks at new modes of transport, such as e-scooters, new public transport services, such as on-demand buses, and new technology like autonomous cars.

It also considers new ways of accessing transport, for example through apps, and innovative ways of getting the goods into the region’s town and city centres.

Cllr Kim Groves, chair of the WYCA transport committee, said: “This ambitious strategy represents the innovative ideas that will change the way transport is organised and provided and the way people access, plan and pay for their journeys.

“It will enable us to improve connections between disadvantaged communities and employment and training opportunities and tackle the affordability of making those journeys. 

“Harnessing these technologies will play a significant role in the region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while also guiding how we achieve our commitment to combating climate change though a transition to sustainable, low-carbon journeys.”

Groves said the combined authority is certain the measures set out in its strategy will help support inclusive growth, boost productivity and develop a 21st century transport network.

Those interested in leaving feedback and viewing WYCA's draft strategy documents can do so here.

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