Plans for simpler travel in West Yorkshire

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West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee recently announced plans to improve the way people plan, book, and pay for public transport in West Yorkshire digitally.

The Digital Payment strategy was agreed to by councillors, and means that people will now be able to buy travel more easily.

Part of the strategy recommends the development of the Mobility as a Service approach, which would mean that people would use an app or web portal to access different types of transport through a single payment or retrospectively on an account basis.

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said: “With over 300,000 travel smartcards in use through the MCard scheme, the majority of Elland Road and Temple Green Park & Ride 9,000-plus customers using money-saving smartcards and the transport companies’ own schemes, digital payment for travel is already popular and well established in West Yorkshire.

“This strategy sets out how we can build upon this strong position and make it easier for people to use public transport by planning and pay for their travel digitally while also importantly emphasising the need to ensure people who don’t want to or are currently unable to pay in this way can still take advantage of an improved system.”