The West Yorkshire Combined Authority transport committee has backed a new West Yorkshire Bus Alliance with bus companies including Arriva, First and Transdev. WYCA says that the deal, which is targeting passenger growth of 25 per cent, will enable quicker journeys, easy-to-understand and affordable fares for people of all ages, more free wi-fi, better travel advice and journey planning, and progress towards carbon-free services.
Running until 2021, the Alliance will be based on legal provisions recently introduced by the government for Voluntary Partnership Agreements.
“Our overall aim is to increase the number of people in West Yorkshire using local bus services, which helps reduce the environmental and economic costs of congestion,” says Kim Groves, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority transport committee.
“This two-year Alliance will be an opportunity to implement measures that ensure stable, affordable, reliable and punctual services that people can rely on.”
Dwayne Wells, Arriva head of commercial, adds: “As an alliance we have a huge target, which is to increase patronage by 25 per cent and our commitment, alongside other operators and West Yorkshire Combined Authority will see both an increase in investment in bus services and resources.