This scene is typical of so many people’s journeys around Yorkshire: over-crowded trains, expensive buses and miles of tailbacks on the county’s roads. As a result our economy suffers.
But this is not new. Successive governments, of all colours, have neglected Yorkshire’s transport infrastructure, instead spending billions of pounds in London and the South. This has to change.
That’s why the Yorkshire Party will shortly launch its integrated transport policy as a way of making the much-needed improvements across the region.
A taste of that policy is given by the Party’s transport specialist Chris Gauton, in an opinion column in today’s Yorkshire Post newspaper (Monday, March 19).
In his article, Chris argues: “There is a lack of ambition and a vision by the main political parties that allegedly represent the people of Yorkshire.”
He points to the successful mass rapid transport systems of many prosperous cities and regions – such as Vancouver, Hong Kong and Singapore. “They use trains that run on new infrastructure in both underground and elevated formats. These systems are highly efficient and cost-effective, both to run and for the paying public.
“This type of system would provide means of transport whereby the Yorkshire travelling public could travel safely, efficiently and cost effectively,” he says.
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