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Consultation: how should buses be run in West Yorkshire?

Added: 11/10/2023

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

People are being encouraged to take part in a major consultation on how buses should be run in West Yorkshire.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation and a final decision by Mayor Tracy Brabin, the plans could result in bus services in West Yorkshire coming back under public control.

The consultation runs until 7 January, with people able to have their say at numerous drop-in sessions, online at, or by post.

Currently, bus routes, timetables, and fares, are mainly set by private bus operators, which has led to inconsistent standards across the region.

A Combined Authority assessment, which has been reviewed by an independent auditor, looked at the options for bus reform and concluded that Franchising would offer “clear strategic benefits”.

Bus Franchising would give the Combined Authority control over the routes, frequency, fares and overall standards of the region’s buses, and it would then contract bus operators to run these on its behalf.

There are several options for having your say:

  1. Read the Executive Summary on key areas, and answer a short survey (10 questions)
  2. Read the full consultation document, and answer a more detailed summary (47 questions)
  3. Attend a face-to-face consultation event – full list of events available here

Click here to access surveys and list of consultation events

Deadline: 7 January

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

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