As in other aspects of York Civic Trust’s work, we offer our contributions on transport and traffic as a critical friend of City of York Council, providing expertise to complement the Council’s own skills.

Our work on transport is led by Professor Tony May, Emeritus Professor of Transport Engineering at the University of Leeds, who has fifty years’ experience in the development of urban transport policy.  He in turn draws on the specialist skills of a number of Trust members, whose expertise includes environmental and safety impacts, public transport operation, traffic signal control and transport modelling.  We also work closely with specialist groups, including York Bus Forum, York Cycling Campaign, York Environment Forum and York Walk Cycle Forum to share skills and avoid duplicating our efforts.

Our work is both reactive and proactive, and falls broadly into two categories: Transport Policy and Traffic Management and Public Realm for which there is more detail provided on each webpage.


York Civic Trust is currently running a major City wide transport consultation to find out what residents think are the key issues in York and how to tackle them.

Partnering with the York Environment Forum and York Bus Forum, The Trust has launched this survey that runs throughout September 2019.

All York residents can take part in the survey by visiting:

Commuters into York can take part in a specific survey which can be found at:

The surveys ask residents and those commuting into York to work to outline what they feel are current issues with transport in the City, how and why they move around the City and how they would like to see transport changed in the future.  The response to the survey will feed into the Council’s new Local Transport Plan, work on which is expected to be started next year.

A Citizens’ Transport Forum, drawn from those who complete the survey, will be established to discuss and review the implications of the responses, and to work with the Council as it develops its Plan.  

“We would like to see as many people as possible take part in the survey so we can get a wide range of feedback on transport issues facing everyone who lives and works in the City.”

“Transport is one of the key challenges, and opportunities, for York in the future and we hope this exercise helps to inform this debate in the coming months and years.”

[Professor Tony May, Chair of the Trust’s dedicated Transport Advisory Group]

Prof Tony May, who is leading the survey.

A large display can be found inside the main Explore York Library in Library Square, and information will be made available to all 17 of York’s library branches by Tuesday 3rd September.

This consultation is funded by York Civic Trust, The National Lottery Community Fund, the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, York Environment Forum, York Bus Forum and York BID.