West Yorkshire to consider quality contract

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West Yorkshire will take further steps towards bus regulation after councillors were unimpressed by the latest offer from operators, the Yorkshire Post reported.

Councillors have agreed work on a quality contract should be progressed because of what in their view is an ‘ongoing failure to secure the improvements they want from the bus companies.’

Cllr James Lewis, Chairman of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s transport committee, said: “Our view is that operators still can’t demonstrate how by maintaining their current monopoly position they can either deliver integrated ticketing so people always have the best value on a single ticketing scheme and also how they can deliver value for money in terms of the money used to subsidise services and concessionary fares but also looking at future investment in transport infrastructure.”

The Combined Authority said it is keeping a close eye on efforts to introduce a bus quality contract in the North-East. If the North-East bid is successful it will be the first part of the country outside London to have regulated buses since 1986.