Cheap fares for young people and flexible tickets to encourage people back onto public transport post-lockdown

Measures aimed at getting back onto public transport post-lockdown are to be discussed by a transport committee today (Friday).

By Joe Cooper
Friday, 12th March 2021, 6:00 am

Flexible ticketing and cheaper fares for young people will be among the items being discussed at this week’s meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) transport committee.

The new Fare Deal for Young People and the new MCard Mobile App is believed to be the first in the UK to allow customers to purchase and use tickets via smartphone to travel on both bus and rail services.

Later in the year, passengers will be able to buy blocks of up to ten tickets and activate them on the days they are needed via MCard Mobile – a response to the changing commuter patterns expected as more people return to their workplaces.

A bus in Leeds.

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the WYCA transport committee, said: “We will be working with our partners, including the West Yorkshire Bus Alliance, to encourage people back onto public transport as the region emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown.

"Offering flexibility on tickets to reflect changing travel patterns and ensuring there is confidence that public transport is safe to use will be crucial to getting people back onto trains and buses as the restrictions are eased.

“We need public transport to be at the heart of the recovery to support our town and city centres and connecting people to jobs while keeping congestion down, improving air quality and reducing transport’s impact on the environment.”