Plans to slash West Yorkshire bus fares

20 May 2022

Passengers boarding any West Yorkshire bus from September would pay no more than £2 per journey under proposals announced by Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire.

As well as single fares, the multi-operator WY DaySaver tickets available through the MCard app and smartcard will be reduced from £5.50 to £4.50 from September. Funding for new bus routes to reconnect as many communities as possible left isolated by service changes over recent years will also be made available, the Mayor confirmed.

The proposals build on West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s revised Bus Service Improvement Plan, submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) earlier this month. The new £2 maximum fare will be negotiated with the bus operators through the new West Yorkshire Enhanced Partnership, which started on 1 April 2022.

Ms Brabin said: “The proposed new £2 maximum fare will make a difference to people’s lives, helping to make bus travel an affordable choice. It will significantly cut the cost of travel for people making journeys over three miles, in some cases by £1.50. You can hop on a bus from Marsh to Lindley, Bradford to Keighley or Halifax to Leeds and know that you won’t have to pay more than £2 for your trip.”

She concluded that the full roll-out of “tap-on, tap-off” next year will mean that people will not have to plan their journeys in advance. It will be possible to travel on as many buses as they need for the whole day and never pay more than £4.50.