On Thursday 9 May, Mayor Jarvis was joined by transport, business, and health experts, academics, cycling and walking groups as well as the Sheffield City Region’s Active Travel Commissioner, Dame Sarah Storey and Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner Chris Boardman at the region’s first Transport Conference.
Everyone came together to discuss how transport is the key that can unlock social mobility, growth and the talents of our people. If we are to better connect our people and places, drive growth, increase productivity, tackle air pollution and improve people’s health, we need to change the way we travel in the region.
During the conference, Dame Sarah Storey and Chris Boardman discussed why improved cycling and walking makes places better places to live. The panel discussion was chaired by Professor Steve Haake, Professor of Sports Engineering and Founding Director of the Advanced Wellbeing Research centre at Sheffield Hallam University.
The second panel discussion focused on buses, cycling, walking, rail and air quality. Expert panellists included: Clive Betts MP, Chair of the Bus Review , John Cridland, Chairman of the Transport for the North, Dr Rachel Aldred Reader in Transport from the University of Westminster, Simran Uppal, member of the Sheffield City Region Youth Combined Authority and both Dame Sarah and Chris. This panel session was chaired by Kayley Worsley, Yorkshire Editor of The Business Desk.
Mayor Dan Jarvis’ new and bold vision for transport for the region has three simple objectives:
- Residents should be able to walk, cycle, drive or use public transport from their home to their nearest town centre in no more than 15 minutes.
- By using public or private transport, people should be able to travel between the region’s major town and city centres of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield in no more than 30 minutes.
- Journey times to at least four major cities in the North, including Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Hull will take no more than 75 minutes.
All the City Region’s Local Authorities have contributed to this vision, with ambitions for making the most of future transport investment. These ambitions have been captured in our more detailed regional Transport Strategy.
Through its implementation, we will develop a transport system which improves the lives of residents and ensure that our region maximises its contribution to the success of our country.