Go-ahead for £100,000 Leeds transport research project

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Transport chiefs have a struck a deal with Leeds University to start a three-year research project.

Experts from the university’s Institute of Transport Studies has been given £100,000 to research into how to best invest in transport and future demand for services.

The funding for the project was agreed by West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s (WYCA) Transport Committee.

WYCA Transport Committee chairman Coun Keith Wakefield said that the research would help develop “a world class approach” for planning.

He said: “Developing a transport network for the Leeds City Region that supports strong economic growth, the creation of new jobs and widespread house building means us making decisions based on robust information.”

“Working with the excellent Institute of Transport Studies through this programme will help us to develop a world class approach to planning for the future.”

The deal with run for an initial three years and researchers will look at how society and technology changes.

Dr Karen Lucas, director of research at the university Institute for Transport Studies, said: “This is an important and exciting opportunity to translate the best evidence from our extensive scientific research into successful practical delivery on the ground.”

The project will be jointly directed and managed by WYCA and the university.

WYCA has worked with the university on past projects including carbon emissions and sustainable travel.

It said it hoped the new deal would lead to more collaboration with other institutions.WYCA Chairman Coun Peter Box said: “This agreement is in line with our policy of working closely with West Yorkshire’s wide range of academic institutions and will help us develop a knowledge economy that helps maximise the impact and value of our initiatives and policies.”