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To: The new Mayor of West Yorkshire & West Yorkshire Council Leaders

Take West Yorkshire's Buses Back Under Public Control

Dear Mayor & Council Leaders,

Please take our buses back into public control.


The People of West Yorkshire.

Why is this important?

West Yorkshire's bus services are broken. But they could be world class.

The new Mayor of West Yorkshire will have the powers to fix our buses by bringing them back into public control.

But we won't win this without a fight!

Right now, bus companies do what they like and it's a wild west free market. And they're desperate to cling onto that power.

Private companies control West Yorkshire’s bus network. They dictate prices, routes and timetables. The result has been catastrophic - passenger numbers have plummeted, prices have risen and services have shrunk.

The new Mayor of West Yorkshire, and your West Yorkshire Council Leaders, have the power to regulate our buses. Regulation would mean affordable fares, and more evening and weekend services, all with a smart ticket where daily spending is capped.

We need them to hear our message loud and clear, so there is no other choice the day after the election.

(Image credit: Michael Taylor)

How it will be delivered

By hand, to the new mayor

West Yorkshire, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • In the past few years I have seen services cut in half then showered as brilliant, fast new services which are worse than they were. Wakefield has lost connections to Selby, Doncaster, Halifax and the Dales. Morley has lost direct connections to Huddersfield and Castleford and Leeds has lost a bus connection directly to Skipton, yet services are marked as improved. The only thing that's improved are profit margins by people needing more buses to get to destinations, taking longer than before.
  • Public services should not be run for profit or by private operators
  • Because busses can run better due to people not having enough money for them


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