UPDATE: Zoom Meeting

York Civic Trust would like to invite voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations to join them for an online meeting to discuss the York Transport Plan in more detail.

Please get in touch with York Civic Trust below, or by emailing gary.craig@galtres8.co.uk before Friday 23 April, to register your interest in attending this meeting.

Briefing Note

By Professor Tony May, York Civic Trust


York’s current Local Transport Plan (LTP3) was published in 2011 and covers in detail the period from 2011 to 2015 and in less detail the period to 2031. It has been accepted for some time that York needs a new Local Transport Plan, given the elapsed time since the last one, the changes which have happened since in patterns of movement, the many new policy measures which are now available, and the new objectives which City of York Council (CYC) has set, including achieving carbon neutrality.

Initial discussions suggest that CYC will aim to complete a new Local Transport Plan (LTP4) by autumn 2022. CYC has invited York Civic Trust and its Transport Advisory Group (TAG) to advise on and challenge the process and possible content of the Plan. It has also been agreed that it would be helpful for the Trust to discuss, with major users of the transport system, the ways in which they might contribute to the process.

The anticipated timetable is outlined below, and the inputs which such major users, including York’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector might make at each stage. The precise basis for stakeholder engagement will be for the Council to decide, but York Civic Trust would welcome the opportunity to discuss with major users their aspirations for transport in York, and the measures which they might wish to take.

York Civic Trust and the Citizens’ Transport Forum have already submitted an initial set of proposals on vision, objectives and strategy: Towards a Transport Strategy for York, on which they would welcome comments.



Subject to final agreement, the timetable is expected to involve:

By April 2021: Agreement on the timetable, scope of the LTP, resources, data collection, approach to consultation; proposals from TAG for strategies for individual modes, possible case study cities, and critique of LTP3.

By July 2021: Implications of review of LTP3, assessment of evidence on trends and problems, consultation on strategies and desired outcomes, agreement on combinations of strategies to be tested, initial testing using Council’s new strategic model; input from TAG to the review of evidence, consultation on strategies, and first workshops on case studies.

By October 2021: Selection of preferred strategy packages for more detailed analysis, identification of potential policy measures within each strategy, correlation of proposals with those arising from the Council’s Carbon Reduction and Economic Recovery Plans, testing of more detailed options with the strategic model, initial stakeholder consultation; input from TAG on further case study workshops, approach to packaging and testing, and consultation on emerging findings.

By January 2022: Preparation of the draft Plan and packages of measures, checks for consistency with more detailed proposals, consultation as necessary on initial draft; input from TAG on the appraisal process for selecting priority measures and support for the consultation process.

By April 2022: Completion of draft Plan, agreement to launch formal consultation, first draft of Implementation Plans.

By July 2022: Completion of statutory consultation process.

By October 2022: Revision of the Plan in light of the consultation, completion of Local Transport Plan (LTP4) and Implementation Plans, formal adoption by Council and formal launch.


Opportunities to provide input:

In terms of the timetable above, inputs would be welcome as follows:

  1. Comments on YCT’s Towards a Transport Strategy for York; transport problems experienced and anticipated; aspirations for York’s future transport system.
  2. Comments on proposed strategies and outcomes; participation in case study workshops.
  3. Contribution to stakeholder consultation on tested strategies and measures; participation in further case study workshops.
  4. Comments on initial draft of LTP.
  5. Informal discussions as needed.
  6. Contribution to formal consultation process, and encouragement of individuals to contribute.

For any comments and questions, please contact Professor Tony May via: dormermay@hotmail.com


About York Civic Trust’s Work on Transport

York Civic Trust offer contributions on transport and traffic as a critical friend of City of York Council, providing expertise to complement the Council’s own skills. Their work on transport is led by Professor Tony May, Emeritus Professor of Transport Engineering at the University of Leeds, who has fifty years’ experience in the development of urban transport policy. The Trust’s work is both reactive and proactive, and falls broadly into two categories: Transport Policy and Traffic Management and Public Realm for which there is more detail provided on each webpage.