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Update on the LESP Regional Groups

September 2010

Our Regional Groups are generating traction for the adoption of low emission strategies approaches
within their areas.

Liverpool City Region

A new mobility culture for Merseyside - Preferred StrategyLiverpool City Region is making excellent progress in incorporating low emission strategies within their new Merseyside Local Transport Plan. One of the goals within the Preferred Strategy is to “provide a clean and low carbon transport system”, and within this there is a commitment to implement a Low Emission Strategy to improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions and provide a stimulus to the development of new technologies. The Low Emission Strategy includes a range of measures such as a bid to fund the development of electric charging infrastructure, differential departure charge system at bus stations to promote low emission vehicles, a demonstration project for alternatively fuelled taxis and low emission procurement policies.

The Preferred Strategy was launched on 8th September, and consultation will run until 30th November. The Local Transport Plan will then be delivered from April 2011 onwards. For more information see the
Local Transport Plan website

As part of the Regional Groups Initiative, Liverpool City Region is also running a Low Emission Taxi Demonstration Event at Aintree Racecourse, 19th October. For more information, contact us at: [email protected]

Leeds City Region

The Leeds Regional Group has been working with transport planners to discuss the inclusion of low emission strategies within West Yorkshire’s Local Transport Plan, which is due to be consulted on in October. Leeds’ partners at York City Council have focused on planning policies. The council executive recently gave the go ahead to develop an overarching Low Emission Strategy for York. They are also engaging with neighbouring authorities to look at how development planning approaches to low emission strategies can be coordinated across the region.

Leeds City Council is championing the uptake of low emission vehicles. They have been awarded funding for the development of biomethane refuelling infrastructure, through the Infrastructure Grant Programme. Leeds will be holding a Vehicle Demonstration Day at Millennium Square, Leeds on 7th October. This will include a one day conference, with expert speakers covering all aspects of low emission vehicles and supporting infrastructure, as well as a wide range of indoor exhibitions. To book your place, contact [email protected]


Sussex has held a number of workshops to bring the key people together throughout the region to discuss policy approaches. They are organising a Planning workshop with the Royal Town Planning Institute during November. They are also working with partners across East and West Sussex to develop the ‘South Coast Electric Charging Network’. The partnership is in the process of securing spaces for twenty electric vehicle charging points from West Sussex District and Borough councils.

Sussex Regional Group also participated in Climate South East’s 2010 Annual General Meeting on 23rd September linking and raising awareness of low emission strategies to regional climate activities.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like further information on any of the activities of the Regional Groups.

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