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To: West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Take West Yorkshire's Buses Back Under Public Control

Dear West Yorkshire Combined Authority,

Please take our buses back into public control.


The People of West Yorkshire.

Why is this important?

West Yorkshire's bus services are up for sale. Local Council leaders are currently discussing what to do about it. And they'll be making a decision soon. But franchising (taking buses under public control) is not currently an option they're considering!

OUR buses aren't good enough.

Right now, bus companies do what they like and it's a wild west free market. We need public control.

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.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) - which is made up of your local Council leaders - has 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.

Local council leaders are yet to commit. Sign this petition now to take back control of our buses!


The privatisation of buses has been a total failure. Outside London, passenger numbers have fallen by half and average prices have risen 35% above inflation since the 1980s. It’s a shambles for passengers, but a money spinner for bus companies who have made £billions for their shareholders.

FirstBus, Arriva West Yorkshire have recently announced they want to sell their bus services.

But without franchising, which gives local government the power to set prices, routes and bus frequency, this Wild West market stays open for another big company to come in and make further cuts to your local bus service.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Under the 2017 Bus Services Act, West Yorkshire's council leaders have the power to take buses back into public control through franchising - but so far they've failed to act.

We know franchising is more effective. It's how it is run in London where the market is regulated by Transport for London (TfL) - buses are more regular, prices are capped, and essential routes are protected. We want West Yorkshire's council leaders to establish something like TfL for West Yorkshire.

Why Franchising?

Franchising gives us -

- control over the bus network, which would mean companies would be forced to put on certain, less profitable routes and more regular services.

- control over fares, so we are the ones that set the prices.

- control over ticketing, which could mean one single, affordable ticket for the whole of West Yorkshire, like it is in London.

Send West Yorkshire's leaders a message, we deserve better!

(Image credit: Michael Taylor)

How it will be delivered

By hand, to the offices of the WYCA

West Yorkshire

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Reasons for signing

  • I've lived in a few places with great public transport and it really makes all the difference to day-to-day life. I lived in Leeds until about a year ago and the Bus network was extremely expensive and very confusing (e.g. you buy a day ticket but then some busses don't accept them.) Privately owned public transport will always put profit before us, and for something as essential as getting around they've consistently proven they can't be relied on.
  • Having recently started using g the bus again, I've remembered why I drive 🤦‍♀️
  • Like others I find the bus fragmentation frustrating and expensive. Also they often don’t turn up and there is no accountability for any of this


2019-12-16 15:40:28 +0000

500 signatures reached

2019-11-13 16:10:44 +0000

100 signatures reached

2019-10-30 11:32:12 +0000

50 signatures reached

2019-10-28 19:31:27 +0000

25 signatures reached

2019-10-28 14:42:31 +0000

10 signatures reached