First, Centrebus and Transdev are now accepting each others’ tickets for journeys on the A65 Kirkstall Road bus corridor in Leeds.
Leeds City Council has welcomed the move – saying it will give customers more choice of which bus to catch on the A65 corridor.
Bus operators are looking to work in partnership to encourage more people to try out buses and therefore grow passenger numbers on the busy A65 bus services.
The improved A65 between Kirkstall Lane and the Inner Ring Road was officially opened in September, marking the completion of a new £21m public transport scheme which has been developed in partnership by Leeds City Council, Metro and the city’s bus operators. The corridor is already showing signs of delivering a range of benefits to bus users.
First has invested £20m in nearly 100 new buses in Leeds, many of which are now serving the A65 corridor.
Services covered by the scheme include First 33/33A; CentreBus 757 to and from Commercial Road/Bridge Road; First 5 to and from Burley Place/Viaduct Road; First 508.670/671 and Transdev 760 to Savins Mill Way/Morrisons supermarket.
David Shelley, Commercial Director at Centrebus, said: “This is a great example of how bus companies are working together when they can to deliver more flexibility for existing customers, and make buses a better travel choice generally.”