Residents in Otley are being offered the opportunity to voice their opinions on the introduction of new transportation services within the town.

Aiming to steer residents away from individual vehicle usage, the “Shared Transport Hubs” initiative is set to roll out across West Yorkshire. The concept involves establishing a centralized facility providing a range of services to minimize the reliance on private cars. Otley stands as the inaugural area among five, soliciting public input to shape the vision of these hubs.

The suite of services and amenities will differ across locations, encompassing considerations such as bus services, travel information, e-bikes or e-scooters, and short-term rental cars. The hubs may also feature community services like parcel delivery lockers.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority, in collaboration with Leeds City Council and Otley Town Council, is seeking public feedback on the proposed hub location – either North Parade Car Park or Courthouse Street Car Park – and the desired services as outlined by residents, businesses, and potential users.

This initiative aligns with the broader plans of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, focusing on fostering sustainable transportation choices, enhancing accessibility, and reducing dependence on private vehicles.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said; “A reliable and accessible transport network, which prioritises walking, cycling and public transport, is key to our plans for a stronger and better-connected region.

“We want to make travel across West Yorkshire more convenient and accessible, and the best way to do that is for you to tell us what you want to see for your local area.

“Your opinion matters, so please make the most of this opportunity to have your say and shape the proposals.”

Councillor Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive member for sustainable development and infrastructure, said; “I’m excited to work with Otley Town Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority, looking to create new sustainable transport services in the town. The idea is simply to enable more people to have other options for their shorter journeys.

“By creating a one stop shop for options on sustainable transport, it could give opportunities to encourage more people out of their cars and to try other ways to get about, especially for those shorter journeys.

“This supports our Connecting Leeds transport ambition to replace car journeys by sustainable travel. Every little bit we can do to help people to make that switch, will enable us to reach our ambition. I would encourage everyone to check out the proposals and have their say.”

To learn more about the proposals and provide feedback, the public is encouraged to visit the project website at www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/OtleyHub and complete the online survey.

To facilitate a deeper understanding of the plans, both in-person and online webinar events are scheduled. The project team will be available to discuss proposals and address queries. Details about these sessions and registration information can be found on the project website.

For alternative format requests, individuals can:

  • Email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk
  • Phone MetroLine: 0113 245 7676
  • Write to: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM WYCA

The deadline for comments on the plans is Sunday, February 4, 2024.