Ripon could become Dales transport hub

Ripon groups are being urged to get involved in a project that could see the city become a transport hub for the Dales.

Ripon is one of eight locations earmarked as a ‘local transport hub’ and in line for a slice of a £1.1million grant the Dales Integrated Transport Alliance (DITA) received from the Department of Transport.

The project could see residents and visitors getting travel information through new information technology facilities in the city, and community groups can now apply for funds to develop the area’s transport links.

DITA chairman Helen Flynn said: “We have finalised the bidding process where communities based at or near DITA hubs who can demonstrate commitment to finding new and sustainable transport solutions for their areas can apply for funding. We do urge communities to approach us to discuss how they can best develop their transport ideas in order to bid for funds.”

“The money DITA has is not only to be invested in infrastructure and ICT at the hubs, but also for development of new services where residents can demonstrate there is a need.”

The group also wants residents’ feedback on existing public transport, as well as any improvements and new services that they would like to see introduced.

Any residents, organisation or existing operator who wants to be involved with DITA can contact project leader Kate Sewell on kate.sewell@wypte.gov.uk or telephone 0113 348 1749.