Bus investment must be catalyst to Leeds transport shift - the YEP says

There have been repeated calls over the years for a radical overhaul of bus services in Leeds.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 6:00 am
It comes as the Government announced a northern hub of transport jobs is to be created in Leeds. Picture: AdobeStock

And it has only been heightened during the pandemic, owing to a dramatic fall in passenger numbers.

Campaigners have now urged the Government to look at long-term funding in local control to help recover and restore confidence on our bus network over the coming years.

And they have called for officials to end the “wild west free market in buses” as the Prime Minister launched a shake-up of England’s bus network with a framework for franchising and a pledge to invest £3bn.

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It comes as the Government announced a northern hub of transport jobs is to be created in Leeds

The move is sure to raise a few eyebrows for a city as challenged as ours when it comes to its creaking transport network.

We can only hope with the new focus on transport in Leeds will energise politicians into action and finally give the city the infrastructure it so desperately needs.

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