A smart, healthy city – fit for the future

Transport – less traffic, better transport

Transport policies are key to reducing climate change emissions, improving air quality and creating a healthier, more attractive city – whilst tackling congestion and enabling everyone to get to where they need to be.

York Green Party’s transport policies will set targets to reduce the overall amount of traffic on our roads, prioritising those who most need to use the private car, whilst working for excellent and affordable public transport, walking and cycling provision.

We will:

  • Invest in improved provision for people with disabilities including access to the city centre; for example, far better Shopmobility services, perhaps in several locations.
  • Increase investment in facilities for pedestrians including new pedestrian crossings, more dropped kerbs and resurfacing and maintenance of pavements and cycle paths.
  • Create a fund (from internal and external sources) to invest in a Dutch-style off-road cycle network developed in conjunction with local residents, starting with possible ‘quick wins’ in specific locations to close existing gaps.
  • Aim for a step-change improvement in public transport. This will include targeted bus subsidies to increase usage, improved bus priority, a free city centre shuttle bus, a Better Bus Stops Fund, overnight parking at Park & Ride sites, further improvements to inter-ticketing and a requirement that all major new developments in the Local Plan provide free bus travel for the first 5 years.
  • Speed up the implementation of York’s Clean Air Zone to cover not only buses but all vehicles including taxis, delivery vehicles and private cars and speed up the effective implementation of anti-idling measures.
  • Actively develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure via the planning system and through direct investment, including looking at solutions for terraced streets.
  • Complete a review of the city’s parking provision to ensure high quality off-street parking where it is needed most; reduce the cost and extend the coverage of Respark in urban streets and ensure our parking policy has a strategic impact on reducing commuter trips by car, encouraging sustainable transport use and supporting our local economy and small businesses.

A family cycling in York

Clean Air Day - Rougier St

Read more in our Transport Manifesto for York.