Leeds and Wakefield: Passengers given new ticket prices deal on the buses

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Bus bosses have unveiled plans for a ticket price shake-up which they say should put passengers on the right road for 2014.

Arriva Yorkshire is hiking the cost of several of its single fares from Sunday, January 19.

The firm says, however, that the 5p and 10p rises represent the “minimum increase possible”.

And it has also announced new multi-journey tickets that could knock as much as 20 per cent off the cost of weekly travel for passengers in Leeds and Wakefield. The overhaul will come into force just a fortnight after rival operator First introduced its own series of fare reductions. Arriva’s last round of price changes took effect in January last year.

The firm’s regional managing director Nigel Featham said today: “By capping any increase to the rate of inflation, we want to keep fares competitive and ensure travelling by bus remains attractive to passengers, for work, for family, for leisure.”

Talking about the revised multi-journey prices, Mr Featham added: “It’s rare in this day and age for fares to come down but where circumstances allow it’s right that we help to make a positive difference to everyday living costs”.

Arriva’s new tickets include a Leeds ‘urban’ pass that costs £4 per day or £14 per week.

It entitles holders to unlimited travel on the firm’s services across an area that stretches as far as Garforth in the east and Morley in the south. Until now, people wanting a multi-journey Arriva ticket in Leeds have had to buy a West Yorkshire-wide pass costing £4.50 per day or £17.50 per week.

A £14 Wakefield ‘urban’ weekly ticket is also being introduced, covering places such as Stanley and Horbury.

First’s recent fares shake-up included the extension of its existing £3.90 off-peak day ticket so it can be used at peak times.

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