I will bring buses back under public control, introduce simpler fares, contactless ticketing and greener buses.
As the MP for five years for towns and villages I know the bus system isn’t working. It’s expensive, unreliable and disconnected. Buses should be publicly controlled, putting people before profit. In my first 100 days I will start to make this a reality.
We need cheaper, contactless ticketing and simpler fares that can be bought and used on any bus or train in the region. I will create affordable buses for all age groups following the move by West Yorkshire Combined Authority to introduce a 60p single flat fare for 16-19 year olds. I will focus on journey times and improving bus priority.
Journeys through our region can include many transport forms including walking, cycling, bus, train and in future the mass transit. Integrating everything we do will be at the core of my agenda, so we don’t have to buy lots of different tickets and worry about different payment systems. I will work to create a tap-in tap-out,capped fair fare across the region. Passengers need to be able to move seamlessly from one transport mode to another, with affordability key to any plans I bring forward.
I want a green hydrogen economy for West Yorkshire. I will invest in electric charging points and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, so hydrogen and electric buses, including those built locally at Optare, can operate on our roads. I will work with coach and lorry freight companies to accelerate usage of hydrogen coaches and lorries.
I will join up transport across West Yorkshire, including delivering a mass transit system that connects all of our region by 2040. I will make the case to Government for funding so that we can achieve the mass transit system we’ve needed for so long.
Many people find traditional cycling difficult, and I will work to bring forward a new bike rental schemes for electric bikes. I will ensure they also have disabled accessible bikes such as trikes. The rental bike will be included in the cost of an end-to-end journey across West Yorkshire, reducing costs of low carbon mobility.
I will support HS2 to increase capacity for freight and local lines as well as better connectivity with Sheffield, campaign for an inter-city station on the Northern Powerhouse Rail for Bradford and ensure our Mass Transit scheme for Leeds is green, cost effective and efficient, connecting us all into the wider transport plan for West Yorkshire.
Our local train stations must be as inclusive as possible and I will work with Northern Rail, Trans-Pennine and councils to ensure all stations are accessible.