Bus passengers in West Yorkshire will pay no more than £2 for a single fare from Sunday (September 4).

The Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin has made the move to encourage more people onto the buses and to help with the cost-of-living crisis.

The fares cap will mean that for journeys over three miles there will be savings of up to £1.50.

In addition, passengers will be able to make unlimited journeys for £4.50 per day with a DaySaver ticket through the MCard App. This represents a saving of almost 20% on the current price. Those travelling every day could save up to £500 over the course of a year.

Ms Brabin said: “We are making bus travel simpler and cheaper through the Mayor’s Fares. You can hop on a bus from Huddersfield to Halifax, or Bradford to Bingley, and know that you won’t have to pay more than £2 for your trip.

“As our communities face a crippling cost-of-living crisis, we’re determined to do what we can to help ease the burden.”

Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin

Clr Susan Hinchcliffe, leader of Bradford City Council and chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: “The cost-of-living crisis demands bold action. So, this is an ambitious plan for urgent times from the mayor and West Yorkshire leaders.

“It provides an immediate saving for regular bus passengers and simplifies fares for people who may be thinking of taking the bus for the first time.

“Getting people back on our buses will help with our economic recovery, and we will do all we can with the funding available to improve services.”

Bus operators are firmly on board and Transdev commercial director Paul Turner said: “We know our buses play a vital role in supporting West Yorkshire’s economy, and the cost-of-living situation is concerning to everyone.

“It’s vital that our buses continue to offer excellent value for money compared with the ever-increasing cost of driving and parking, not least because choosing the bus helps to protect the environment as well as saving money.

“The new £2 one-way and £4.50 all day tickets will represent a significant price reduction for many of our customers. We hope that these lower fares will prove popular and will help many people to continue enjoying everything West Yorkshire’s town and city centres have to offer.”