Last reviewed 22 February 2021

With a leadership election for the council taking place, the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which convenes the Better Buses for Yorkshire Campaign coalition, put out a call to bus users in Leeds to email their concerns to the new leader.

Over 100 emails were sent by Leeds residents in just 12 hours demanding an end to the city’s privatised bus system.

The TUC’s analysis of data from the Department for Transport (DfT) shows that West Yorkshire has lost four million miles of bus route since 2014, demonstrating, the union body suggests, the failure of the privatised model of bus provision.

Further data shows that public spending on local bus services in West Yorkshire has fallen by £6.5 million in the last 20 years, with 24.6 million fewer passenger journeys since 2009, and 9.5 million fewer elderly and concessionary passenger journeys since 2009.

Better Buses Campaign convenor, Gareth Forest of the TUC, said: “Right now Leeds passengers are paying through the nose for a threadbare bus service that we can’t rely on. We need the new Leeds City Council Leader to hear from residents who are suffering from a failing privatised bus system.”

The Better Buses for Yorkshire Campaign Coalition is a coalition of trade unions, community organisations, climate campaigners, and pensioners groups, convened by the TUC.

The campaign’s objective is for all mayoral and local authorities to take buses into public control through the regulatory powers they have under the 2017 Bus Services Act.