City conference to tackle major transport issues

A debate into current and future transport issues and opportunities will be the focus of a special conference today (27 November).

The city’s councillors will be joined by transport providers, businesses, and third sector organisations at a special State of the City Transport event at the Civic Hall in Leeds. Delegates will hear the perspectives from a number of residents – young person, older person, disabled person and community view - about their experience of getting around the city.

Also attending and addressing the meeting will be guest speaker Ian Jordan, Director of Phase 2, HS2 and Professor David Begg, Chief Executive of Transport Times, both will provide international, national and city region perspectives.

The event will provide an opportunity to discuss some of the medium to longer term issues such as transport network efficiency, integration between transport modes, developing integrated ticketing and smartcard technology to allow seamless travel across difference modes of transport.

The event will also have short sessions for all the attendees to discuss the role transport plays in achieving Leeds’ best city ambitions.

Looking ahead to the meeting, Councillor Richard Lewis Executive Board Member for Development and the Economy, said:

“This is the first themed event of its kind and I hope that by getting people together to focus on transport, we can really debate and explore current and future issues, and ideally secure commitment to take forward opportunities.

“We’re pleased we’ll have a variety of stakeholder perspectives to hear today so that we get a better understanding the links between transport and Leeds’ ambitions to become the best city in the UK.”


For media enquiries please contact:

Laura Ferris, Leeds City Council press office(0113) 247 5472

email: laura.ferris@leeds.gov.uk