Expert panel aims to get Leeds transport plans on the move

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Council bosses in Leeds have assembled a new panel of experts to help them drive forward the city’s transport ambitions.

The panel will provide advice to civic leaders as they decide how best to spend the £173.5m of funding that remains available to Leeds following the rejection of its trolleybus plans.

It is being chaired by Nigel Foster, director of strategy at Transport for the North and a former president of Leeds Chamber of Commerce.

Other members are drawn from fields including business, education and planning as well as transport.

Details of the panel were announced ahead of tomorrow’s close of a major council-organised survey on the future of transport in Leeds.

Leeds City Council leader Coun Judith Blake said: “We are delighted this panel of industry experts and representatives from a wide range of fields and transport user groups have agreed to give up their time to join the conversation and offer their views and guidance on the long-term transport strategy for Leeds.

“Together with everyone else who has offered their views, their thoughts will be invaluable in helping to shape the future of transport in our city.”

Mr Foster said: “I am delighted to have been invited to join the Leeds transport conversation and chair the advisory panel that has been established to review and challenge the emerging transport strategy for the city.

“The panel has been specially selected for its broad range of specific experience, bringing together recognised leaders in the different fields of transport from across the UK.

“There are two principal areas that the council is seeking advice on from the panel – how best to utilise the £173.5m originally allocated for transport improvements and also, to advise on the approach and development of the medium and longer term transport strategy.

“The panel will work with the council to take on board the views from the transport conversation, and success will be measured by achieving a step change in the public transport provision for residents, businesses and visitors to Leeds.”

More than 7,500 responses have been received to the council’s transport conversation survey.

People wanting to give their views before tomorrow’s cut-off point should go to the www.leeds.gov.uk/transportconversation website.

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