The Mayor’s Big Bus Chat

The Mayor of West Yorkshire wants to hear what you have to say about bus travel in the county – it’s time to have your say!

About the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP)

The BSIP was published in October 2021, and in April 2022 the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) received approximately £70m in funding to support bus travel in the county. This funding helped to reduce fares and consult with bus users on new bus routes. The Mayor is now seeking your views on the BSIP to better understand what can be done to improve bus travel in West Yorkshire. You are invited to share your views from 11th July until 11th September at drop in events across the county.

Find out more about the plan, and the series of drop in events where you can share your views, by simply clicking the links below.

If you are not able to attend one of the drop in events, or you or your family travel by bus and would like to share your views (whether that be regular bus journeys or one-off trips), simply fill out the survey by clicking the link below:

In summary, the Mayors key themes for better buses are:

  • A safe and inclusive bus system – ensuring all buses and supporting services are accessible by all and suited to different people’s needs. This includes making sure everyone – particularly women, girls and other vulnerable groups – feel safe when travelling by bus.
  • Better connected communities – this means extended services throughout the day, better frequencies and regularity of service, as well as new models like ‘Park and Rides’ and ‘FlexiBus’ services to suit differing travel needs.
  • Decarbonisation and integrated and sustainable travel – as part of the region’s response to the Climate Emergency, we need to reduce our dependence on private car travel and achieve a net-zero carbon economy by 2038. Buses must form part of a multimodal journey by public transport, so that alongside train, cycling and walking, passengers are able to make sustainable journeys from door to door.

As well as the key themes, the actions the Mayor aims to deliver through the BSIP include:

  • An enhanced, fully inclusive and more cohesive bus network – which takes people where they need to go, when they need to go;
  • Clear and simple fares – to make paying for bus travel more affordable, easier, convenient and flexible;
  • Improved, more inclusive customer service and support – so passengers have the tools to travel with confidence and get the help they need if their journey does not go to plan; and
  • Priority for buses on our roads – so journeys by bus are quicker, with less time spent stuck in traffic, and are a genuine alternative to travelling by car.

The WYCA hope this initial bus conversation will be able to guide them in making better, more informed choices about bus travel in the county, so join the conversation and make your views heard!