YEP SAYS: Why we must get city moving in the right direction

LEEDS deserves a better public transport system and we are determined that such a set-up comes to fruition.

Thursday, 26th May 2016, 8:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th May 2016, 10:45 pm

Comments in today’s newspaper from politicians across the spectrum are united in one thing: that we need investment and we need it quickly.

This week the YEP has taken an in-depth look into the city’s transport network, from new rail franchises, Routemaster-style bus proposals, park-and-ride plans, the new cycle superhighway and expansion of Leeds-Bradford Airport.

One MP says it is time to ‘put the disappointments of the past behind us and look to the future’.

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We agree. We need to get people moving quickly and efficiently, not only to help them live their lives, but to help Leeds to thrive.

One MP says the tram-train idea is the model the Council should pursue. Another says we should have an integrated ticketing system similar to London’s Oyster card. And another MP advocates more rail stations including one at Armley to cut commuting time and get cars off the road.

These ideas are made in Leeds, not made in Westminster, as one of the MP comments.

They will provide food for thought at the transport summit which we hope and expect will help to Leeds moving in the right direction.

A fresh approach is so badly needed

THE Care Quality Commission deserves credit for its revelation that a care home in Leeds is inadequate for a second time in six months.

Families face a tough job making sure their relatives are in good, safe places in their later years. So the CQC’s findings that Donisthorpe Hall is in breach of regulations is concerning.

The home now promises a ‘fresh approach’ to lead to ‘urgent improvement’.

About time, too. Surely this fresh approach should have come after the first inspection. This is a final wake-up call. And indeed a warning to other homes failing to meet the required standard.