Yorkshire and the Humber
Thursday 3 April 2008 00:01
Regional Minister For Yorkshire And The Humber (Yorkshire and the Humber)
Regional Minister Rosie Winterton seeks transport views
Rosie Winterton, Regional Minister for Yorkshire & The Humber, is seeking views from public and private sector bosses on the major transport challenges facing the region and the future shape of transport policy.
Ms Winterton, who is also Transport Minister, is addressing a workshop in Leeds today (3 April) attended by senior executives from across the region including rail and bus companies, Yorkshire Forward, Yorkshire & Humber Assembly, the city regions and local authorities, Highways Agency and the Regional Transport Board.
The workshop, organised by Government Office, is one of a series of regional seminars designed to inform the Government's proposed approach to transport policy, put forward in last autumn's 'Towards a Sustainable Transport Strategy' consultation paper.
The Minister told delegates that she wanted to hear their views on the significant transport challenges and the key goals that a good transport policy should support. She said:
" As Minister for this region, I am fully aware of the strength of feeling when it comes to transport issues and the importance of getting this part of the regional picture right."
She said that while investment in new infrastructure may sometimes be the only answer, there were other options that should be explored such as better traffic management, encouragement of smarter travel choices pricing and regulation.
"This is especially relevant to Yorkshire & the Humber. A growing economy brings many challenges - tackling congestion on key routes, meeting demand for rail travel, removing barriers toward public transport demands, and means there is no one single solution."
The Minister said that the Government had identified five broad goals for transport policy focusing on Competitiveness and Productivity, Climate Change; Safety, Security and Health; Quality of Life and Equality of Opportunity
"Transport cannot be seen in isolation. I want to hear the views of representatives from business, city regions, environmental and voluntary sectors as well as transport professionals. We all have a role to play in ensuring the region is able to meet its wider economic and social objectives. Our discussions today will help shape the final strategy nationally and for the region," added Ms Winterton.
Note to Editors:
1. The workshop, 'Towards a Sustainable Transport System', is being held at the Government Offices in Leeds. Its aim is : -
To inform the Government's approach to transport policy and strategy development as set out in "Towards a Sustainable Transport System" framework by seeking views from the region on :
- the policy goals that a good transport system should advance
- the transport challenges involved in meeting policy goals from the region's perspective
2. The full title of the discussion document is 'Towards a Sustainable Transport System: Supporting economic growth in a low carbon world'. It is available on the DfT website http://www.dft.gov.uk.
3. The document, 'Toward a Sustainable Transport System' does three things:
First it describes how the Department is responding to the recommendations made in the Eddington Transport Study and the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change.
Second, it sets out the Department's policy and spending plans for the period to 2013/14.
Third, it proposes a new approach to the longer term transport strategy and explains how the Department will engage with passengers, users, the transport industry and other stakeholders as we develop and implement that process.
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