West Yorkshire Combined Authority

United Kingdom (England)


Which are the organisation’s thematic competences and experiences relevant for ART-Forum?

WYCA is the Local Transport Authority for West Yorkshire - representing the local authorities of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield and has an adopted West Yorkshire Transport Strategy (SUMP). It also has the role of leading on strategic economic growth on behalf of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, delivering its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) vision for 'inclusive growth' in the region. The Transport Strategy supports and delivers the SEP through policies and investment programmes to deliver a modern, integrated transport system for the region that supports sustained, healthy and inclusive growth. Delivery of the Transport Strategy will improve connecting to jobs and key services through an integrated network, creates quality places and healthy streets by investing in sustainble and low carbon, low emission travel and by protecting and enhancing the environment. As part of developing Inclusive Growth Corridors in the region, it is developing an approach to future mobility and new opportunties to deliver effective and efficient transport, including autonomous vehicles.

What is the main role in ART-Forum?

WYCA will collaborate with the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds in testing different scenarios of AV adoption through computer simulation, and its potential impact for developing Inclusive Growth Corridors in the region. WYCA will also seek to consider and develop policy recommendations to govern AV use in different urban contexts. WYCA will lead workshops to test scenario modelling outcomes and lead on collaborative work to develop the business case for AV investment, including understanding socio-economic condition in which AV will support wider policies and objectives.