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West Yorkshire bus companies will receive £37m to cut fares

Tracy Brabin has announced cheaper fares for those battling the cost of living crisis.

West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin has announced that passengers will pay no more than £2 for a single journey from tomorrow, and can take unlimited journeys for £4.50 a day by purchasing a DaySaver ticket on the MCard app.

The Labor mayor said the cap would “ease the burden” on families struggling with the cost of living crisis.

It was introduced after the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) successfully applied for £69.9million in government funding for its plan to improve bus services.

The Department for Transport has handed out £1.1billion to fund improvements in 31 areas across the country, after inviting mayors and council leaders to submit a bid and outline their ambitious plans to make services cheaper, greener, more frequent and more reliable.

WYCA said more than half of the funding it received – £37m – will be given to bus operators so they can subsidize passenger fares, if the move is approved at a meeting on Friday .

“Given the ‘cost of living crisis,’ the mayor felt it was important that individuals and families benefit as soon as possible,” a WYCA report said.

The rest will be spent on modernizing the bus network and making services more frequent and reliable.

The Bus Service Improvement Plan aims to ensure that passengers can catch a bus every 15 minutes or faster in West Yorkshire, that 95% of services arrive on time by 2025 and that the communities that have lost bus routes in recent years to be reconnected.

Earlier this year, Ms Brabin warned that 62 routes could be reduced or scrapped in October if the government did not agree to provide more financial support to bus operators, who have been struggling with falling passenger numbers for the pandemic and rising costs.

The government then agreed to provide an additional £130m to operators to protect services until March.