Cityzap targets frustrated rail commuters

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The Trandev-run service is offering free travel to rail season ticket holders between Leeds and Manchester

Rail commuters between Leeds and Manchester have been offered free travel on Transdev Blazefield’s Cityzap service.

Cityzap is offering free travel throughout January to anyone with a valid rail ticket or pass between the two cities, just as rail passengers returning to work face the biggest rise in season ticket prices for five years. The deal is intended to entice rail commuters to give the bus a try.

Transdev CEO, Alex Hornby, said: “Free WiFi, USB power, and free online e-books, magazines and games sound like things from the future on the railways, but we have them all right now on Cityzap.

“We also offer that most prized attraction of all to train commuters who know only too well what it’s like to have to stand every day – a comfy, quilted leather seat.

“We run every hour, every day with handy stops in the heart of both Manchester and Leeds – so no long walk to and from the railway station. There’s a warm welcome from our amazing team of drivers, dedicated to the route, who can use our very own ‘zap-nav’ to avoid congestion and select the quickest route.”

Cityzap’s Gold seven-day unlimited travel ticket on any of its buses is £34, compared with £76.60 for a week’s rail travel between Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly before January’s rail fare rises come into effect. The Gold ticket is also valid on all Transdev buses in the North of England, all the way from the Yorkshire Coast to Preston in Lancashire.

Cityzap launched its Leeds to Manchester service in November 2017.