City of York Garden Village Sustainable Transport Strategy

Overview

In collaboration with Wood PLC, City Science are contributing to the development of a Sustainable Transport Strategy for the City of York Council. In line with the council’s requirements, the strategy focusses on promoting active travel and bus usage for a planned housing development in the city’s rural surrounds. This is necessary to support the city in achieving its carbon, growth, and sustainability targets.

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Scope

The City of York Council is planning for a new garden village, a 1000 home development outside and to the south east of the city’s urbanised area. The council is keen to promote bus and active travel options for the development, owing to their:

  • Target of being carbon neutral (including transport-related emissions) by 2030
  • Ambition to promote sustainable and healthy lifestyles
  • Prediction of negative impacts upon an already crowded local road network if there is a dependency upon cars

To support this, the council has commissioned a Sustainable Transport Strategy. City Science are responsible for conducting baseline analysis and optimal bus planning. This work is critical for providing a strong evidence base for the strategy.

City Science Response

Stakeholder Engagement

The City Science team worked with York Council and Wood PLC to agree the methodology and programme of delivery. This included detailed specification of the analysis, mapping, and bus planning which would best support the Sustainable Transport Strategy.

GIS

City Science then conducted high-quality analysis of current travel patterns, existing travel infrastructure and services, and current travel times. These were considered in the context of proposed site of the housing development, and key locations surrounding it (successfully received from City of York Council following effective liaison). To do so, we leveraged our in-house innovative computational tools:

  • LCWIP Toolkit – A toolkit of automated processes which allows us to quickly analyse active travel infrastructure

  • Cadence – Our award-winning transport planning software which we used to determine current travel times by different mode, and produce high-quality mapping (click here to find out more.)

The use of these tools allowed us to gain more insight from the data since it increases our efficiency in data processing, thus leaving more time for interpretation.

Reporting

We then delivered a high-quality report with mapping resources and analysis that can be used as an effective evidence base within the commissioned Sustainable Transport Strategy. The image below shows an example of a visualisation output, where geospatial data has been analysed (using our LCWIP Toolkit) and a clear and informative map produced from it. This is complimented by our analysis, which is related back to the specific themes identified by York Council during inception.

City Science mapping and analysis

Outcomes

City Science have successfully delivered the first phase of their contribution, on time and to the agreed specification. Now we will focus on delivering the optimal bus planning, following input from City of York Council. The effective partnership with Wood PLC has demonstrated the strong project management and communication skills present within both organisations. This has been a foundation for numerous subsequent successful bids as a partnership.