The members of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) have granted approval for a consultation on their proposals, with bus franchising emerging as the favoured option.

During the consultation, a diverse range of stakeholders, including bus operators, organisations representing passengers, and members of the public, will be invited to share their opinions on how buses should be managed in West Yorkshire.

Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: “We’re really happy these proposals are progressing to the next stage.

“Thousands of people in our district rely on public transport for getting to work, for leisure and for visiting family and friends. The future of these services will matter greatly to them and to their families.

“This consultation will be asking people about how buses are run and what they think of the bus franchising idea. We think it can make a big difference to bus users. But we need to know what people think. That’s why it’s very important that we get the views of passengers and that everyone has their say before any changes are made.”

Bus franchising would grant the Combined Authority authority over routes, frequency, fares, and overall quality standards of the region’s buses, with contracted bus operators responsible for their operation.

Further information regarding the consultation, scheduled to commence on the 10th of October, including participation details, will be provided by WYCA in the upcoming weeks.