Fare deal for Leeds passengers after bus ticket cuts

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Transport giant First today handed Leeds bus users an early Christmas present as it announced a series of ticket price REDUCTIONS.

First says the changes to its multi-journey fares in the city could save regular passengers more than £250 over the course of a year.

The firm, Leeds’s biggest bus operator, will introduce the revised fares on Sunday, January 5.

Key elements of the price plan include:

* Extending the hours of the city’s existing £3.90 off-peak day ticket so it can also be used at peak times;

* Introducing a new Leeds-wide weekly ticket priced £14 – at present passengers wanting seven days’ travel throughout the city have to buy a West Yorkshire-wide pass for £19.50;

* Bringing in a new Leeds-wide monthly ticket for £52, a saving of £13 on the West Yorkshire-wide pass that is currently available.

A number of ticket prices in Bradford are also coming down as part of the shake-up.

Nearly 75 per cent of First’s passengers in Leeds currently travel on multi-journey tickets.

Single fare prices - £1.10 for a ‘short hop’ and £2.10 for a ‘longer hop’ – will remain unchanged, as will West Yorkshire-wide ticket costs.

Details of the changes have been revealed just days after First announced that 100,000 more people were using its services each week in West Yorkshire compared to this time last year, an increase of five per cent upon 2012’s figures.

Dave Alexander, regional managing director for First in the north of England, said today: “We are delighted to introduce these latest fare cuts on buses in Leeds and Bradford.

“We have demonstrated that by offering even better value for money, together with improvements to our services, we can attract new passengers onto our buses.”

The revised fares have been welcomed by public transport watchdog Passenger Focus.

Its director, David Sidebottom, said: “Passengers in West Yorkshire, especially those who rely on the bus for work, will be happy to hear that First is making most bus fares cheaper.

“Our most recent passenger survey showed that 56 per cent of fare-paying passengers in West Yorkshire felt that their ticket was value for money, so these fare cuts should help to improve these scores.”

Former West Yorkshire Chief Constable Mark Gilmore.

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