Time to shape Leeds’s public transport plan

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transport chiefs are set to launch their biggest consultation about the future of public transport in Leeds.

Representatives from leading transport bodies across the city and region will attend a summit to help shape a future transport strategy for Leeds.

The meeting will be the first in a series of discussions to be held across the city.

Key themes for the summit will include the latest position on future transport projects and an update on current work being undertaken around the city such as new park and ride sites, better cycle and walking routes and railway network improvements.

People are being asked to send in their thoughts and ideas about transport in Leeds to highwaysconsultations@leeds.gov.uk. The event will be opened by Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council. Coun Blake said: “This summit will, we hope, be the spark for a new, inclusive discussion that will give people in communities all across Leeds the chance to be part of planning for the future of public transport in their city.

“We know that public transport and how people get from A to B has become an increasingly pivotal issue for Leeds and in particular for our ability to continue to grow and capitalise on our economic success.

“We also know that the people of Leeds deserve better and what we have now is an opportunity to gather the full of range of talent and ideas from the people living, working and travelling in the city.

“It is imperative that we now work together as a city and 
region to ensure that the £173.5m that has been secured for transport in Leeds is put to the best possible use in improving journeys for local commuters.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post recently featured a series of special reports examining the city’s transport network after the scrapping of Leeds’s long-delayed £250m New Generation Transport (NGT) trolleybus scheme.