We are now an established, recognised pressure group that is widely listened to. We have established a good working relationship with Andy D’Agorne (Executive Member for Transport and Deputy Leader) and the Council’s Sustainable Transport Team, as well as the major bus operators, York Civic Trust and York Environment Forum. We have regular meetings with the main political groups of councillors and have active members from the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Parties.
We have raised issues relating to temporary bus stops, bus stop infrastructure, potential re-routeing of services, cuts in evening services, withdrawal of of Sunday services and faulty display screens. We have also sought information on the bus operators’ plans for introducing audible and visible announcements.
We have been helped by a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to establish a sound organisational structure with membership (and hence funding) now building. We have affiliated memberships from York Older Persons Assembly and five Parish/Town Councils.
We are working with the York Civic Trust and York Environment Forum (Transport Group) on a public engagement strategy to form an input to York’s next Local Transport Plan. A city-wide consultation was held in September 2019 and the results were published in January 2020. See: yorkcivictrust.co.uk/transport-survey
A Citizens’ Transport Forum CTF), drawn from those who completed the survey, was established to discuss and review the implications of the responses, and to work with the Council as it develops its Plan. The first round of Forum meetings was held in February 2020 and a report of the key findings can be downloaded here . A further round of Forum meetings was held on 1st and 3rd December 2020 and a report is currently being finalised. Details should be available soon on the York Civic Trust website and a link to the report will appear here. We very much appreciate the contributions of everyone who took part in the February or December CTF meetings, or sent comments subsequently.
Also, please get your local organisation, church and parish council to affiliate – York Older Persons Assembly (YOPA) has affiliated, as have five local Parish and Town Councils – Bishopthorpe, Haxby, Rawcliffe, Stamford Bridge and Wilberfoss.
Our rates are deliberately kept as low as possible to encourage new members. Please join even if you can’t come to our meetings!
Please complete the Membership Form and return it with payment to any YBF Officer or to: Alan Robinson YBF Membership Secretary, 63 Lindley Street, York, YO24 4JG
As YBF has been less active this year due to the Covid-19 crisis, and since our finances are in a healthy enough state, it was agreed at the AGM that the annual subscription for 2020 will cover the two-year 2020-2021 period.
Our Constitution – as agreed at our AGM on April 4th 2017 – can be downloaded here
Chair: Doreen Magill
Vice-Chair: Graham Collett
Publicity: Niall McFerran
Website Manager: Graham Collett
Secretary: Niall McFerran
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