PLANS to change transport links in the north have been welcomed by City of York Council.

Transport for the North has published a draft strategic transport plan for public consultation, and called for feedback on plans to transform road, rail, sea and air connections and encourage economic growth in the region.

Councillor Ian Gillies, council leader, said: “This is a good day for the north. Improving transport connections across the north is essential to create better jobs, grow our economy and improve quality of life in York. This is an opportunity to take local control over those big transport investment decisions, and make sure they truly respond to local needs.”

Nigel Wilcock, director of the Institute of Economic Development (IED), said the plans and policies were welcome, but said too much traffic was being funnelled into existing motorways, causing jams which still need addressing.

He said: “Overall the IED is keen to support this initiative, and others like it, in as positive a manner as we can. The Institute is keen to maintain economic development as a priority for decision-makers and also make sure that previous strategies and policy initiatives are joined up.”

Online consultation at and closes on April 17.