Plans for residents and businesses to shape how we travel around the city have been agreed by the Council's Executive, setting out the vision, objectives and targets for York’s transport strategy - the fourth Local Transport Plan (LTP4).
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.
The report approved by the Executive presents the 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 Paula Widdowson, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, 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.
“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.”